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Beethoven: Missa solemnis; Verdi: Requiem; Brahms: German Requiem / Barenboim & the Chicago SO [5 CDs]

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123
>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123
>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International, August 2012
Right from the opening notes of the Missa Solemnis it is clear that this is to be a reading of weight and moment, but the slow tempi that Barenboim chooses for most of the time seldom work in its favour...Barenboim's dramatic gifts, so evident from his work in the opera house, come to the fore in [the Verdi] and he paces it with much more agility, moving dynamically from section to section and never dragging.

Daniel Barenboim was named music director designate of the CSO in January 1989, and he assumed leadership as the Orchestra's ninth music director in September 1991, a position he held until June 2006. His music directorship was distinguished by the opening of Chicago's new Symphony Center in 1997, highly praised operatic productions at Orchestra Hall, numerous virtuoso appearances with the Orchestra in the dual role of pianist and conductor, twenty-one international tours (including the first to South America) and an ongoing series of composer perspectives woven into the Orchestra's subscription concerts as well as numerous recordings. + It is Barenboim's acclaimed recorded legacy with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that is celebrated with the release of these three incredible boxed sets.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Orchestra Hall, Chicago.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123
  • Performers: Tina Kiberg (Soprano); David Schrader (Organ); Waltraud Meier (Mezzo Soprano); Samuel Magad (Violin); Robert Holl (Bass); John Aler (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1819-1823

>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Running Time: 65 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1857-1868

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
  • Performers: Placido Domingo; Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass); Waltraud Meier (Mezzo Soprano); Alessandra Marc (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Running Time: 79 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874