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Franck: Les béatitudes / Rilling, Montague, Danz, et al

Album Summary

>Franck, César : Les beatitudes, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, M. 53
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Les Beatitudes was the work of a profoundly religious man, Cesar Franck. In this massive oratorio, it was Franck's goal to provide a musical expression for Christ's eternal message, the Sermon on the Mount. Scored for considerable resources including six singers, choir, organ, and a large orchestra, Franck's musical vision rises to the level of his sublime subject matter. Helmuth Rilling leads the work convincingly; the soloists, all first-class singers, perform with conviction; and the sublime Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart fully realizes Franck's vision of spiritual enlightenment.

BBC Music Magazine
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.


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>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Les béatitudes, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, M. 53
  • Conductor: Helmuth Rilling
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 127 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1869-1879
  • Studio/Live: Live