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Bernstein conducts Beethoven: String Quartet no 16 (vers. for string orch.); Haydn: Missa in tempore belli / Blegen, Fassbaender, Ahnsjoe, Sotin, Vienna PO [DVD]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Missa in tempore belli, H 22 no 9 "Paukenmesse"
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Released for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray, Leonard Bernstein's interpretations of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 16 and Haydn's Missa in tempore belli are quite superb. Only the strings of the Vienna Philharmonic could carry off the orchestral rendition of Beethoven's opus 135 with bravura, since each player is a true soloist. Bernstein and the orchestra wanted to play a difficult Beethoven Quartet in a monster setting, achieving a truly exciting performance unlike anything one ever hears.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
Beethoven's last quartet, expanded for full strings, sounds nicely urgent but unsuitably Romantic. Haydn's Mass is almost upstaged by its glorious setting, the Baroque basilica at Ottobeuren.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1826
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Missa in tempore belli, H 22 no 9 "Paukenmesse"
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1796
  • Studio/Live: Live