Franck: Les Beatitudes / Rilling, Stuttgart Radio Symphony

Release Date: 5/12/2009
Label: SWR Music
Catalog Number: 98548
Composer: César Franck
Conductor: Helmuth Rilling
Number of Discs: 2

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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)
Works on This Recording
1. Les béatitudes, M 53 by César Franck
Performer: John Cheek (Bass), Gilles Cachemaille (Baritone), Reinhard Hagen (Bass), Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano), Juan Vasle (Bass), Ingeborg Danz (Alto)
Conductor: Helmuth Rilling
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1879 ; France
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