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Marc Minkowski – Mozart – Mass K.427 – “Great” (Recons. H. Eder) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Marc Minkowski – Mozart – Mass K.427 – “Great” (Recons. H. Eder) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:21 minutes | 891 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © PentaTone

Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre present a new recording of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, the iconic opening Kyrie of which is among the most cherished religious music ever written. Mozart performed parts of the Mass in 1783, but the score remained unfinished, making the use of a scholarly edition necessary for a complete performance. Despite its unfinished state, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor has gained popularity and now enjoys a place in the choral core repertory. For this recording, made in connection to live performances, Minkowski has chosen Helmut Eder’s 1985 edition for the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe. He performs it in a chamber-like setting with his regular ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre, a small ripieno choir and four outstanding soloists: Ana Maria Labin, Ambroisine Bré, Stanislas de Barbeyrac and Norman Patzke. Since its foundation in 1982, and under the baton of its founder and musical director Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre have developed into one of the world’s best period-instrument ensembles, with a vast discography. This recording marks their PENTATONE debut.

After a proliferation of recordings from Marc Minkowski and The Musicians of the Louvre for several years, they have now become scarcer. Fans will, therefore, be very pleased to find him here in this well-polished version of the Great Mass in C minor, a work that was left unfinished by Mozart. It is difficult to play in its current state and has been reconstructed a dozen times with varying degrees of success. Here, Minkowski set his sights on the version reconstructed by Austrian composer and conductor Helmut Eder, who published it in the New Mozart Edition in 1985. It is well known that this monumental work, which should have been as long as Bach’s Mass in B minor or Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis had it been completed, was never commissioned and was composed as a thanksgiving for the recovery of his fiancé, Konstanze Weber. It is still a mystery why the work was left incomplete but there are probably multiple reasons for this. The original manuscript was found at the end of the 1970s and contains three-quarters of the work. It represents a kind of culmination of Western sacred music with the complete assimilation of earlier styles and a distinct Mozartian sound. Recorded in concert in Grenoble in 2018 following a European tour, this new version is performed using a reduced choir in keeping with its premiere performance in the small St. Peter’s Abbey in Salzburg, 1783. – François Hudry


1. Ana Maria Labin – I. Kyrie [Live]
2. Marc Minkowski – IIa. Gloria in excelsis Deo [Live]
3. Ambroisine Bré – IIb. Laudamus te [Live]
4. Marc Minkowski – IIc. Gratias agimus tibi [Live]
5. Marc Minkowski – IId. Domine Deus [Live]
6. Marc Minkowski – IIe. Qui tollis [Live]
7. Stanislas de Barbeyrac – IIf. Quoniam tu solus [Live]
8. Marc Minkowski – IIg. Jesu Christe [Live]
9. Marc Minkowski – IIh. Cum Sancto Spiritu [Live]
10. Marc Minkowski – IIIa. Credo in unum Deum [Live]
11. Ana Maria Labin – IIIb. Et incarnatus est [Live]
12. Marc Minkowski – IV. Sanctus [Live]
13. Norman Patzke – V. Benedictus [Live]


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