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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent

Beethoven / Chapelle Royale / Herreweghe
Release Date: 06/08/2010 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501557   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Cornelius HauptmannBirgit RemmertRosa MannionJames Taylor
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium VocaleChamps-Élysées Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Herreweghe['s] speeds in the Kyrie and Agnus Dei are closer to latter-day convention, and more than Harnoncourt he conveys the work's deeply spiritual intensity. More than with Harnoncourt one registers this as live, tense communication. Even at the start with its odd balance, there is no mistaking the inner quality conveyed, the Innigkeit, the sense of embarking on a visionary journey...

Though the balance of the voices, both of chorus and soloists, blunts their edge to a degree, the sharpness of attack is refreshing, amply justifying a performance on a relatively intimate, period scale, aided by the extra tang of the orchestral texture with its rasping brass. The four young soloists make an excellent team, most satisfyingly
Read more topped by the sweet, firm tone of the Canadian soprano, Rosa Mannion, previously heard as Dorabella in the Gardiner Cosi (Archiv, 2/94). The American tenor, James Taylor, clear and fresh, makes his mark strongly too as another relative newcomer to disc, incisive rather than weighty in the great statement of "Et homo factus est"...

-- Gramophone [12/1995]

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Philippe Herreweghe has the measure of this stubborn masterpiece... No-one has ever got it quite right - until now.

-- Classic CD

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The performance is charged with a dramatic unity that is rarely sustained through this particular piece... thrilling... otherworldly.

-- Washington Post
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Works on This Recording

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Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass), Birgit Remmert (Alto), Rosa Mannion (Soprano),
James Taylor (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Can't get Enough Herreweghe!  November 29, 2011 By Christian Withers (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "A most unique and excellent recording of this work (period instruments with especially prominent woodwinds & brass). Gardiner, Levine and Klemperer conduct worthy alternatives." Report Abuse
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