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Interesting to compare/contrast with Giulini,
This review is from: Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (Audio CD)
I have had this as a much-loved CD for 12 years or more, and if anyone asks me (one day they might) to nominate Beethoven's single greatest piece I would unhesitatingly name the Missa Solemnis, largely on the basis of Gardiner's recording. I recently bought Giulini's much-recommended version with Harper, Tear, Baker and Sotin, and while it is indeed sublime and moving, it also seems to me to be exactly the kind of performance that would put anyone but a classical music fan off the piece. Gardiner by contrast captures why this work matters: it's angry ugly intensity and energy are a world away from the piety and dare one say it solemnity of proceedings under Giulini. Gardiner's is like street protest, whereas Giulini's is a cathedral procession. For the devout or the religiose, Giulini will mightily convince. Gardiner is still this atheist's first choice.