Notes and Editorial Reviews
At nearly two hours, Les Béatitudes is among César Franck's largest compositions. It is scored for orchestra, choir, and eight soloists. The text is a poetic meditation on the eight beatitudes of Jesus, from the Gospel of Matthew, by Joséphine Colomb.
Unlike the Sermon on the Mount’s elegant concision, Franck’s huge meditation sprawls a little, but Rilling’s fervour, coherence and feel for the rarefied religiosity grips – Diana Montague’s radiance a blessing of its own.
– Paul Riley, BBC Music Magazine
Fans of large-scale Romantic choral music may find Les Béatitudes an intriguing work, and it receives a solid presentation here, with Helmuth Rilling leading Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart and Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR in a committed and idiomatic performance. The soloists are of a high quality, singing with purity and conviction, and there are no weak links.
– All Music Guide (Stephen Eddins)