Thursday, June 08, 2017
Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major – Laura Aikin, Bernarda Fink, Johannes Chum, Ruben Drole, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Download 48kHz/16bit)
Nikolaus Harnoncourt's final concerts at the Styriarte Festival Graz and the Salzburg Festival in June 2015 yielded this broadcast recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in D major. Considered in light of the conductor's retirement in December 2015 and his death in March 2016, the reunion with his own period ensemble Concentus Musicus Wien gave the concerts a special valedictory feeling, and the recording assembled from these performances and some rehearsal material amounts to a testimonial to his life's work. The ensemble was joined by the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, along with a vocal quartet of soprano Laura Aikin, alto Bernarda Fink, tenor Johannes Chum, and bass Ruben Drole.
The resultant recording of Missa Solemnis is coherent and more or less standard in tempos and sound, and a listener approaching this performance might have difficulty differentiating it from conventional renditions, because Harnoncourt's reverent pacing and expansive interpretation put it firmly in the traditional style, notwithstanding his use of period instruments and historically informed practices. The sound is not as clear or crisp as one might expect, though the tapes were edited by Martin Sauer, Harnoncourt's longtime sound engineer, and the recording by Österreichischer Rundfunk is quite acceptable for a live performance.
Source: Blair Sanderson (allmusic.com)
Presto Disc of the Week (3rd June 2016)
Presto Discs of 2016 (Finalist)
Gramophone Awards 2016 (Shortlisted – Choral)
Gramophone Magazine (Editor's Choice – August 2016)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
♪ Missa Solemnis in D major, Op.123 (1819-1823)
v. Agnus Dei
Laura Aikin, soprano
Bernarda Fink, alto
Johannes Chum, tenor
Ruben Drole, bass
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
(Erwin Ortner, chorus master)
Concentus Musicus Wien
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Recording: July 3-5, 2015, Stephaniensaal, Graz, Austria
Sony Music Entertainment 2016
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Photos by Marco Borggreve
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