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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Works DetailsCésar 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