Notes and Editorial Reviews
From 1819 to 1823, Beethoven was stirred by a renewed creative energy. Over these four years he sketched his Missa Solemnis, the work he himself came to admire above all others. Here the composer of utter conviction seems to surpass himself with a musical glimpse of the heavenly. This captivating performance, by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under its then Principal Conductor Sir Georg Solti, was recorded live at the BBC Proms in 1982.
Solti’s is an intense, big-boned reading which seems to me to be firmly operatic in conception. The operatic dimension is very much in evidence in the contributions of the four soloists. However, the real heroes and heroines of this performance are
to be found in the chorus. Solti, who gets the LPO to play very well indeed, is on fine form.
– MusicWeb International
It's not without problems: the recording is murky and has too much reverb...But it's a wonderfully coherent interpretation – humane, humble and, at one point during the anti-military Agnus Dei, disturbingly angry – that proves utterly enthralling.
Solti's command, both of the work and of the forces he has at his disposal here, makes for a vivid account of the Mass. The Edinburgh Festival Chorus is in particularly fine fettle. For so large a chorus, the word-pointing is superb. The contributions of the young Siegfried Jerusalem are particularly noteworthy.
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Works on This Recording
Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor),
Doris Soffel (Mezzo Soprano),
Helen Donath (Soprano),
Hans Sotin (Bass)
Sir Georg Solti
London Philharmonic Orchestra,
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 1982
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