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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis [John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir] [SDG: SDG718]


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The outstanding English conductor, John Eliot Gardiner, first took up the baton at the age of fifteen. As an undergraduate student at Cambridge University, he toured the Middle East conducting the Oxford and Cambridge Singers before founding the Monteverdi Choir in 1964. After graduating, he studied with Thurston Dart in London and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

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  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (25 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: sdg
  • ASIN: B00FEMGC60
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Mass in D Major, Op. 123, "Missa Solemnis": KyrieLucy Crowe 8:18Album Only
Listen  2. Mass in D Major, Op. 123, "Missa Solemnis": GloriaLucy Crowe15:33Album Only
Listen  3. Mass in D Major, Op. 123, "Missa Solemnis": CredoLucy Crowe17:53Album Only
Listen  4. Mass in D Major, Op. 123, "Missa Solemnis": SanctusLucy Crowe14:45Album Only
Listen  5. Mass in D Major, Op. 123, "Missa Solemnis": Agnus DeiLucy Crowe13:35Album Only

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Few great compositions have been spared overexposure. Beethoven' s Missa Solemnis is one of them. The work operates far beyond the comfort zones of most choruses, amateur and professional, and demands full attention from its performers and audiences for 70-plus minutes. It asks big questions, about life s meaning, the nature of death and the Christian promise of eternal salvation, to which Beethoven gives no certain answers. What we hear is a vision of one man's turbulent spiritual landscape, clouded by doubt and fear, projected into music of dramatic, often violent contrasts and expressive extremes. John Eliot Gardiner made a revelatory studio recording of the Missa Solemnis in 1989. His latest thoughts on the work, recorded live at the Barbican Centre last year, are so strongly forged, so persuasive in intent and all-encompassing in delivery, as to defy snappy description. The conductor's interpretation is much more than thoughtful and thought-provoking, although it is both. What he does with the music arises from the core of his identity: this Missa Solemnis is personal, driven by Gardiner's relentless pursuit of excellence and, above, all by his own no-holds-barred battle with the creator spirit. There are times when Gardiner stamps his mark too heavily on details of articulation here, without always carrying the conviction of his excellent musicians. It s in the big picture that we find the true genius of Gardiner s Beethoven, fully unleashed in the work s Gloria and Credo and always alive to moments of transcendence. If you only buy one choral disc this year, make sure it s this one. ***** --Sinfini music, 10/01/14

Such is the visceral intensity of the music-making, a certain girding of the loins may required before a second hearing, but isn't that precisely how it should be with a work of this power and magnitude? GRAMOPHONE CHOICE --Gramophone. Feb'14

It is good that Missa Solemnis should now find a home on Soli Deo Gloria. I don't think it supplants the DG version entirely, but it does have the edge, and, therefore must surely be set to match its predecessor's award winning acclaim. --IRR, Mar'14

It's not difficult to understand why Gardiner wanted this performance perpetuated: fine as the Archiv version is, the new one has an electricity of a kind that's hard to generate under studio conditions. Performance ***** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine, Apr'14

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Loverofbooks on 20 Jan 2014
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Over the years I have been fortunate to see a number of concerts featuring Beethoven's wonderful "Missa Solemnis" sometimes in the concert-hall, but I always prefer the true setting of a cathedral or church - it was, after all, originally composed to be performed in Cologne Cathedral. Once, I was lucky enough to be present at Guilini conducting the "Missa Solemnis" in St Paul's Cathedral - memorable. But for a recording studio interpretation I return time and time again to Otto Klemperer's magisterial interpretaion on EMI with the New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus. The whole work is wonderful to listen to with a grandeur about the choral passages, strength and beauty from the soloists, with the lightest of touches which make for a true mystery during the Credo in the section 'et incarnatus est'.
And then I bought this new recording by John Eliot Gardiner with the Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique.
Although this recording was recorded live at the Barbican Hall, there is no audience to be aware of. The scale might not have the depth of sound from Klemperer or, for that matter, other studio or live recordings where vast numbers of artists have played or sung, but it has a different intimacy which offers a new intensity. Whilst others may review this recording with a far greater and more knowledgeable exposition on the musical interpretation, all I can say is that this is one of the most eloquent and beautiful interpretations I can imagine recorded. It is simply beauitful to listen to and let Beethoven's music take you to the heavens and back.
Buy this CD, unplug the 'phone, close the curtains, turn the lights off, don't answer the door - and listen to the most glorious music ever set down by any composer in one of the finest recordings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. v.d. Elsen on 27 Dec 2013
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John Eliot Gardiner never ceases to amaze. Though some of his recent recordings have critically up speed tempo's and border on virtuoso music making instead of a more modest approach to the scores, this recording has it all: monumental, breathtaking, inspiring, touching: both his first recording and this new one of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis are absolutely without match: fantastic!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lance Edwards on 29 Dec 2013
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If you liked the earlier Gardiner disc, you may think this is even better both in performance and recording (I do). If you want massiveness stay with Klemperer
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mischa Ruffside on 14 Jan 2014
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For anyone who admired Gardiner's 1990 recording of the Missa Solemnis, this latest recording will surely not disappoint. The many recent performances have culminated in an even more thoughtful, more convincing reading of Beethoven's glorious masterpiece. This is a perceptive interpretation superbly performed, and recorded. As with his performances of the great Bach religious works, Gardiner has produced a recording that should prove to be a joy for Christian believers and atheists alike. In whatever way one may respond to the text of the Mass, the music exemplifies the humanity of its composer. The new recording gives the impression of being more expansively paced than its predecessor despite in fact being over a minute quicker (only the Credo being longer, by half a minute).
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Dec 2013
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Gardiner's first recording for Archiv won both the Gramophone Award for choral and for the Record of the Year. This new SDG one is up there with it. Like much of the SDG stuff, it's a live recording (with a dead audience? I wonder). The Missa Solemnis, pairing the words of the Latin Mass with Beethoven's symphonic concept, is like no mass you've ever heard - it is a titanic creation, full of mighty, powerful and often brutal moments, and a very Beethovian way of looking at things. The Agnus Dei, with its plea for peace (in the sense of the absence of war, as opposed to spiritual peace) is very different from anyone else's, but the whole thing ends almost with a whimper rather than a bang. Gardiner delivers a stirring version of a relatively rarely heard but mighty work.
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