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Ludwig van Beethoven – Missa Solemnis – Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Missa Solemnis – Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:21:27 minutes | 827 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: Q0buz | Artwork: Digital booklet | © Sony Classical
Recorded: July 3-5, 2015, Stephaniensaal, Graz, Austria

When Nikolaus Harnoncourt retired from the stage in December last year, it was his express wish to release the broadcast recording of his last project, Beethoven’s monumental “Missa solemnis” as his personal legacy.

The ‘Missa solemnis’ concerts at the Styriarte Festival Graz and the Salzburg Festival in summer 2015 were his last public performances. This recording of Beethoven’s late masterpiece was made from material captured at the Graz concerts and rehearsals.

As a result of his life-long research on Beethoven, he conducted the work for the first time with the Concentus Musicus Wien on period instruments, the Concentus is joined by the Vienna based Arnold Schoenberg Choir and a handpicked solo quartet.

“it soon becomes apparent that to read his last account of this unsettled and unsettling work as a definitive Last Will and Testament would run counter to Harnoncourt’s restless, continually probing musical spirit…it strikes me as an uncommonly apposite farewell from a musician whose life’s work centred on questioning rather than affirming, and encouraging his performers and audiences to do the same.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 3rd June 2016

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Missa Solemnis in D Major, Op. 123
1. I. Kyrie 09:56
2. II. Gloria: Gloria 05:48
3. II. Gloria: Qui tollis 04:56
4. II. Gloria: Quoniam 07:04
5. III. Credo: Credo 04:14
6. III. Credo: Et incarnatus est 05:01
7. III. Credo: Et resurrexit 10:41
8. IV. Sanctus: Sanctus 03:44
9. IV. Sanctus: Praeludium – Benedictus 13:07
10. V. Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei 07:05
11. V. Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem 09:57

Laura Aikin, soprano
Elisabeth Kulman, alto
Johannes Chum, tenor
Ruben Drole, bass
Concentus Musicus Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor


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