Harnoncourt: Beethoven - Missa Solemnis (24/48 FLAC)
Harnoncourt: Beethoven – Missa Solemnis (24/48 FLAC)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Orchestra: Concentus musicus Wien
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Sony
Size: 827 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Missa Solemnis in D Major, Op. 123
01. I. Kyrie
02. II. Gloria: Gloria
03. II. Gloria: Qui tollis
04. II. Gloria: Quoniam
05. III. Credo: Credo
06. III. Credo: Et incarnatus est
07. III. Credo: Et resurrexit
08. IV. Sanctus: Sanctus
09. IV. Sanctus: Praeludium – Benedictus
10. V. Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei
11. V. Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem

In July 2015, just eight months before his death, Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducted spiritual opus of Beethoven, the enigmatic and titanic Missa Solemnis, for a final time. It was a work that he addressed very late in his career, with 1988 being the first time. At the head of his Concentus Musicus and the Arnold Schönberg Choir, he produces an uncluttered reading, stripped of all excess weight that has restricted so many conductors in the past, including the most famous. It’s almost like attending a huge Mass! Both the Piano and silence are key, allowing the monument to emerge in all its grandeur from the calm. Suddenly the lines become clear and intelligible, the “lengths” acquire their entire purpose… what we see from the old lion Harnoncourt here is most extraordinary, with his ability to allow the listener to peer into the soul of Beethoven. If there is only one record to keep… © SM / Qobuz

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