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Mozart: Waisenhausmesse; Schubert: Mass in E flat [Rachel Harnisch, Roberta Invernizzi, Sara Mingardo] [Accentus: ACC20261] [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Rachel Harnisch, Roberta Invernizzi, Sara Mingardo, Javier Camarena, Paolo Fanale
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Accentus
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Sept. 2013
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ELU7AQM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,625 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Claudio Abbado Orchestra Mozart Bologna


Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Rachel Harnisch
(Soprano), Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano),
Sara Mingardo (Alto), Javier Camarena (Tenor),
Paolo Fanale (Tenor), Alex Esposito (Bass)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Missa solemnis in C minor, K. 139, "Waisenhausmesse"

Franz Schubert
Mass in E flat major, D 950

A "touching and magnificent reunion" (Der Standard). The public and press enthusiastically celebrated the long-awaited return of Claudio Abbado to the Salzburg Festival in 2012. The conductor brought with him Mozart's youthful Mass K. 139, the so-called Waisenhausmesse, and Schubert's late Mass in E flat major. In a fascinating way, Abbado succeeded in merging the singers and instrumentalists into a total collaborative effort: "Seldom has one heard such a perfect balance between choir, orchestra, and vocal soloists; one has also seldom heard such a beautifully coordinated and perfectly balanced vocal ensemble" (Salzburger Nachrichten).

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region Code: 0 (worldwide)
Running Time: 104:27 min
Subtitles: Original (Latin), English, Deutsch, Français, Korean
Disc Format DVD: DVD-9

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Set in the grandiose Mozart House in Salzburg, these masses form an exhilarating complement to each other. Waisenhaus means orphanage so a certain torment of the innocents facet insinuates itself as an additive into the dramatic opening Kyrie which, apart from a Haydn tinted influence a la Missa Sanctae Caeciliae Kyrie, is curiously similar in some instances to the much later Chef D'Oeuvre, Messe Solenelle Kyrie of Berlioz but that is transient and soon the unmistakeable unexpected mark of the maestro's Meisterwerk renders clarity as a vicissitudinous variety of harmonies integrate themselves effortlessly with subtle tempo gradations towards the climactic Et Vitam Venturi.The synchronization of the subtitles in both masses is almost about right. The Arnold Schoenberg Choir distinguished themselves unforgettably in the Bach Cantatas from the Monastery at Melk dvd and now over a decade later their excellence returns to these masses in a melange of stretto synchronization with their unique, sonic delivery. I only recognised three survivors, apart from the chorus master, from the Melk concert so the turnover of skills is prodigious. The Orchestra Mozart and soloists too perform brilliantly in both masses. The Schubert Mass, he wrote three or four others, is an extraordinarily demanding Meisterwerk with a gravitas in its diversity especially in the orchestration (the strings "shivering" harmony in the Gloria is unique) which is distinctly that of the composer.Unlike the Waisenhaus, there is no climactic point, although the Benedictus is almost its deflection, but rather a semi-imperceptible elevation builds throughout which effortlessly dispenses with it while achieving the aim. Putting these Meisterwerks on one dvd is a great achievement and unsurprising that Abbado should be involved.Read more ›
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this item is very good quality, the item was presented as the best choise by a very good classical critical book. and it's true, sounds are great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exemplary Performances of Two Fine Masses 18 April 2014
By Paul Van de Water - Published on Amazon.com
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After a decade's absence, Claudio Abbado returned to Salzburg in 2012 to conduct these two fine masses. Mozart's "Waisenhaus" ("Orphanage") Mass (K. 139) is his first full-scale mass, composed at age 12 (some say, with the aid of his father). It's rarely heard -- but definitely worth listening to. Schubert's Mass in E-flat major (D. 950), in contrast, is the composer's last (premiered after his death) and has been recorded some two dozen times. The concluding "Dona nobis pacem" is breathtaking.

Leading the outstanding Orchestra Mozart of Bologna, the Arnold Schonberg Choir, and what one reviewer calls "perfectly cast soloists," Abbado plumbs the spiritual depths of these works. I can't imagine better performances coming along soon. Both the sound and videography are up to Accentus's usual high standards (although the concert hall itself has no visual interest).

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4.0 out of 5 stars ... is always pleasant to watch Claudio Abbado getting his best out of an orchestra 11 July 2015
By Patrick J Flanagan - Published on Amazon.com
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It is always pleasant to watch Claudio Abbado getting his best out of an orchestra. That is why I preferred the DVD over CD. I was not familiar with either Mass, and I can't honestly rate them. But I enjoyed both of them..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 23 April 2015
By Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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the quality of the "sound" is not exceptional
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