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Haydn: Missa Sanctae Caeciliae / Kubelik, Popp, Soffel, Laubenthal, Moll

Haydn / Popp / Soffel / Laubenthal
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101533  
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Kurt MollDoris SoffelHorst LaubenthalLucia Popp
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joseph Haydn

Arthaus presents the performance of Haydn’s Missa Sanctae Ceaciliae conducted by Rafael Kubelík live from the Basilika Ottobeuren. The work was without doubt one of the highlights of the wonderful Kubelík era. Under his guidance the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks also became one of the world’s foremost Haydn orchestras. When the orchestra discovered the baroque Basilica of Ottobeuren as the perfect venue for sacred music of the classic-romantic repertoire, their concerts enjoyed huge popularity, leaving a lasting impression on those who experienced them at first hand.

Mass No. 3 in C major, Hob.XXII:5, "Missa Cellensis in honorem
Read more BVM", "Cacilienmesse"

Lucia Popp, soprano
Doris Soffel, contralto
Horst Laubenthal, tenor
Kurt Moll, bass

Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik, conductor

Recorded live from the Basilika Ottobeuren, 1982

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 73 mins
No. of DVDs: 1

R E V I E W:

This performance is absolutely magnificent. Kubelik clearly loves this music, his little smile at the end speaks volumes, and even though his tempos and thus the overall timing are a little slow by recent standards it never drags. The moderate-sized orchestra and chorus are as polished as one could wish and give this superb music all the vitality it requires. The soloists are excellent and the less-well-known tenor is not outclassed by his illustrious fellow singers. That said, Lucia Popp is simply wonderful in the Laudamus Te, singing with all the radiance she can muster. It was good to hear the great Kurt Moll singing other than opera and to be reminded what a very fine contralto we have in Doris Soffel.
This is a 1982 film made originally for Bayerischer Rundfunk TV and is therefore a 4:3 picture. The video quality is very satisfactory even on a large modern screen, as long as you have moderate expectations. The sound is also very acceptable and certainly good enough in terms of clarity and spaciousness. The camera work is mostly restrained and does not follow the all too frequent modern practice of cutting in time with the music or with instrumental solos. The director is fully aware of the beautiful Basilika in which this live concert took place and provides plenty of long and close up shots at appropriate moments. The performers are filmed in sufficient detail to enjoy some splendid 1980s hairdos, male and female, which brought a smile to one's lips. What the film captures is the atmosphere of a concert so good that the audience stays in rapt silence at the end right through the tolling of the abbey bells and we never reach any applause before the film ends. It is all very moving and I would urge anyone looking for a recording of this Mass to place it high on the list.

  -- Dave Billinge, MusicWeb International 
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Works on This Recording

Missa Cellensis in honorem, H 22 no 5 "Cäcilienmesse" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Kurt Moll (Bass), Doris Soffel (Mezzo Soprano), Horst Laubenthal (Tenor),
Lucia Popp (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1766; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

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