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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Beethoven / Leipzig / Schneider / Blomstedt
Release Date: 03/05/2013 
Label:  Querstand   Catalog #: 1237   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Recorded SoundLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Simone SchneiderGerhild RombergerJochen KupferRichard Croft
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Herbert Blomstedt's 2012 performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Miss Solemnis in D major bursts with energy and excitement, and even though it may seem somewhat removed from more traditional, reverent versions, it still befits the religious sentiments of the composer. As one can deduce from contemporaneous concert performances of the Kyrie, Credo, and Agnus Dei, Beethoven had no problem with a secular treatment of his great mass, and he would have welcomed the vitality and passion that Blomstedt, the MDR Radio Choir, and the Gewandhaus Orchestra bring to the score, without any contrived sense of piety or dogmatic stodginess. Beethoven's concepts of God and religion were close to 18th century Deist ideas, so it's likely he conceived the Missa Read more Solemnis in much the same manner as he did his Symphony No. 9, as a humanist document that addressed the hopes and ideals of humanity, instead of the liturgical needs of the Catholic Church. The liner notes go into great detail about Beethoven's views, so this recording may be understood in that context, but listeners may decide for themselves whether or not Blomstedt gets the theology right. In musical terms, he certainly grasps the power and vitality of the Missa Solemnis and delivers a compelling and thoroughly convincing reading of the work.

-- All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Simone Schneider (), Gerhild Romberger (), Jochen Kupfer (),
Richard Croft ()
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Gewandhaus zu Leipzig 
Length: 76 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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