BEETHOVEN'S Mass in C may not be as popular as his other big choral works, but it is no less impressive in the magnitude and scale of its vision. The real merit in this live recording by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, under Sir Colin Davis, lies in the sheer warmth of colour of the choral singing. There is understandably fine support from soloists Sally Matthews, Sara Mingardo, John Mark Ainsley and Alastair Miles, and of course from the LSO, but Davis elicits electrifying commitment from the choir, imbuing the Gloria with a terrifying explosiveness and the Credo with enough agility of mood to realise its operatic aspirations. Speaking of which, a token addition of the Prisoners Chorus from Fidelio completes this all-Beethoven disc. --Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman, 3 October 2008
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