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Beethoven - Missa solemnis

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer Benjamin Bevan
Roxana Constantinescu
James Gilchrist
Ann-Helen Moen
Ryo Terakado
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2321 SACD
EAN 7318599923215
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2018
Total time 73'43

Beethoven began composing the Missa solemnis in 1819, when he learned that his patron (and pupil) Archduke Rudolph was going to be appointed Cardinal Archbishop of Olmütz. The plan was for the mass to be ready for performance at the enthronement celebrations in March 1820, but one year proved to be too little time. It wasn’t until almost three years later, in January 1823, that Beethoven was able to complete the work.&&&

As might be expected, it was unparalleled in every respect – although composed for use during church services, even Beethoven’s contemporaries found that it exceeded the bounds of the genre. Beethoven himself was quite aware of both the dimensions and the importance of the work: in a letter he described it as ‘my greatest work’. It is also a work which over its course encompasses great contrasts: from the solemnity of the Kyrie and the intense excitement at the opening of the Gloria to the disturbing intimations of war during the closing Dona nobis pacem.

Originally founded with the aim of performing the choral works of Bach, the Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki are now taking another great leap, after their recent release of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. Described as ‘refreshingly open-hearted, spontaneous and natural’ their interpretation received a 2017 Gramophone Award. Joined by an eminent quartet of vocal soloists, the team now applies its expertise in period performance to Beethoven’s masterpiece.
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  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Missa solemnis, Op. 123 
01 Kyrie 10'15
  Gloria 16'33
02 Gloria 5'03
03 Qui tollis 5'23
04 Quoniam 6'07
  Credo 17'25
05 Credo 3'44
06 Et incarnatus 4'55
07 Et resurrexit 8'46
  Sanctus 14'26
08 Sanctus – Pleni sunt coeli – Osanna 3'22
09 Præludium – Benedictus 11'04
  Agnus Dei 14'35
10 Agnus Dei 5'58
11 Dona nobis pacem 8'37
  Album total 73'43
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
SopranoMoen, Ann-Helen
Mezzo-sopranoConstantinescu, Roxana
TenorGilchrist, James
BaritoneBevan, Benjamin
ViolinTerakado, Ryo

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