Notes & Reviews:
The Last Judgment was conductor and violinist Louis Spohr's second oratorio and one of his most famous compositions these times. Spohr himself wrote about the successful premiere, which took place in Kassel on Holy Friday 1826 in a darkened choir under a cross, illuminated by 600 glass lamps: " I must say to myself - the effect was extraordinary! Before that I never had those emotion of satisfaction during the performance of one of my larger works! ".
American Record Guide, July / August 2012
This performance is certainly more than adequate (it is fairly easy), but the pacing is a bit slow, perhaps owing to the resonant acoustics at the monastery. The sound does have an attractive warmth, and the recording quality is very good. This, then, would be a fine way to investigate a good second-tier choral work from 1826. The notes are good, but text is in German only.
Recording information: Maulbronn Monastery.
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Works DetailsSpohr, Louis : Die letzten Dinge (The Last Judgment), oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, WoO 61
- Conductor: Jürgen Budday
- Ensemble: Kantorei Maulbronn
- Notes: Maulbronn Monastery (06/12/2010-06/13/2010)
- Running Time: 64 min. 17 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 1825-1826