Notes & Reviews:
- Beethoven's extraordinary Missa Solemnis, recorded live for broadcast by the BBC in 2012
- Packaged in a digipack; contains a 36 page booklet with original notes by BBC presenter Stephen Johnson, translated into German and French.
- 'There was hardly a passage that did not show the result of Gardiner's hallmark intelligence and audacity' - The Guardian
The Times, 7th December 2013
Roger Montgomery plays with exemplary nobility and assurance on the natural horn, making fiendish "stopped" notes sound as easy as sleigh bells.
Financial Times, 7th December 2013
Gardiner's intensity of phrasing - speed never the enemy of expression - combines with rapid-fire choral entries and a radiant quartet of soloists to create an incandescent performance.
Sunday Times, 15th December 2013
Gardiner's live 2012 recording from the Barbican is faster and even more radical than his 1990 studio recording, with punchier choral articulation. But it, too, captures the desperate urgency and almost unbearable emotional intensity of this supreme work.
The Guardian, 2nd January 2014
The briskness never undermines the work's moments of transcendent beauty or near-operatic
MusicWeb International, 22nd January 2014
I think that the 2012 reading transcends even the 1989 recording. For a start the orchestral playing is excellent...The contribution of the Monteverdi Choir is simply magnifice...The members of the solo quartet are individually excellent and also make a fine team...a powerful and superbly executed account of Beethoven's choral masterpiece.
International Record Review, March 2014
The whole performance is in almost all respects a triumph. The choir and orchestra are superbly drilled, and apart from occasional sharpness in some of the soloists' parts they too are first-rate.
BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
It's not difficult to understand why Gardiner wanted this particular performance perpetuated: fine as the Archiv version is, the new one has an electricity of a kind that's hard to generate under studio conditions.
Gramophone Magazine, February 2014
Such is the visceral intensity of the music-making, a certain girding of the loins may be required before a second hearing, but isn't that precisely how it should be with a work of this power and magnitude?
Recording information: Barbican Hall, London (10/17/2012).
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Works DetailsBeethoven, Ludwig van : Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123
- Performers: Jennifer Johnston (Alto); Lucy Crowe (Soprano); James Gilchrist (Tenor); Matthew Rose (Bass-Baritone)
- Conductor: John Gardiner
- Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
- Running Time: 69 min. 24 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1819-1823