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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Nelson/CO of Europe, Wilson, DeShong, etc. [DVD]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Soli Deo Gloria's DVD of Missa Solemnis shines a supreme light on this rarely performed choral masterpiece. Beethoven wrote that "music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks & invents". This DVD beautifully brings to life the composer's spiritual intent "to awaken & permanently instill religious feelings, not only in the singers, but also in the listeners."

BBC Music Magazine
The Gulbenkian Choir is fearless and exults in Beethoven's demands.

My viewing completed, I thought to myself: this has to be the greatest religious work of them all. The ultimate accolade, you might say: the performance has done its job, and I am duly uplifted. Right from the first bars of the Kyrie you can tell that interpretational fervour is a high priority, a hunch that is magnificently borne out by the fiery Gloria, where the incisive cut and thrust of the Gulbenkian Choir's singing is matched by an equally intense contribution from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. So, if you're after a fine Missa on screen, look no further.

Opera News
John Nelson leads a powerful performance of this daunting score. He's not afraid to move the music along: the Gloria starts with a nice headlong impulse, and the concluding fugues here and in the Credo are brisk and driving. Yet Nelson also responds to the music's variety, infusing the flowing cantabiles with a lovely buoyancy, playing the introspective: the Sanctus unfolds patiently, with solemn mystery.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 145 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): DTS 5.1 Surround, LPCM Stereo
Subtitles: German, English, French


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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123
  • Performers: Marieke Blankestijn (Violin); Elizabeth DeShong (Alto); Nikolai Schukoff (Tenor); Brindley Sherratt (Bass); Tamara Wilson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Nelson
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1819-1823