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Mariss Jansons conducts Dvorak: Stabat Mater

Mariss Jansons conducts Dvorak: Stabat Mater


Dvorak:

Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Live Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal der Residenz, 24.-26.03.2015


Erin Wall (soprano), Mihoko Fujimara (mezzo-soprano), Christian Elsner (tenor) & Liang Li (bass)

Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons

Dvořák's haunting 'Stabat Mater' for solo voices, chorus and orchestra is not only the most famous work of church music by the Bohemian composer - it is also one of the most impressive ever settings of the medieval hymn in which Mary, the mother of Jesus, gives vivid expression to the pain she feels at the sight of her crucified son. The terrible misfortunes that befell the composer in his private life during the creation of this work may have been a reason for this. It is the continuous expression of deep piety, above all, that gives this music its special dignity. It was precisely this intensity that was conveyed by the concert on March 26, 2015 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz, where the four renowned soloists were in fine voice, and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks once again delivered the "crystal clear sound" and "incredible three-dimensionality" for which it is highly praised time and again. And the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Mariss Jansons, performed Dvořák's deeply moving music authentically, in keeping with the composer's intentions: sensitively felt, yet with a resonant, magnificent sound. The live recording of Dvorak's "Stabat Mater" has been re-released by BR KLASSIK on CD.

“Under Jansons, the Bavarian Radio Chorus are in fine voice, crisp of enunciation and excellently balanced against the large orchestra [and] are joined by a distinguished solo quartet…this live performance is excellent in all respects” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

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Mariss Jansons conducts Schubert and Gounod

Mariss Jansons conducts Schubert and Gounod

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 27.-29.03.2007


Gounod:

St Cecilia Mass

Schubert:

Mass No. 2 in G major, D167


These two popular 19th century orchestral masses could hardly be more different: even though there are only 40 years between Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G major D. 167 and Charles Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass. While Schubert at the tender age of 18 wrote his mass - in a single week! - in the customary style at the time of the Missa brevis, Charles Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass stands out by virtue of lustrous tone colors with harp and winds - reminiscent in many places of grand opéra.

The recording of the present CD took place in March of 2007 in Munich’s Herkulessaal in the Residence and reveal Mariss Jansons, the Chief Conductor of the Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in an especially deeply felt program.

Schubert and Gounod: two popular 19th century orchestral masses united on one CD.

After Haydn’s Harmony Mass the second BR-KLASSIK CD with masses under the direction of Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons.

“splendidly controlled by Mariss Jansons. There is also a fine tenor solo from Christian Elsner in the 'Sanctus', and both performance and recording do well with the three soloists in 'et incarnatus', which Gounod wanted sung as quietly as possible” International Record Review, February 2012

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Haydn - Harmony Mass

Haydn - Harmony Mass


Haydn:

Sinfonia in D major, Hob. Ia:7

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Mass, Hob. XXII:14 in B flat major 'Harmoniemesse'

Marin Hartelius (soprano), Judith Schmid (alto), Christian Elsner (tenor) & Franz-Josef Selig (bass)


It’s always a very special musical event when two Bavarian Broadcasting ensembles join forces on stage – as in this case with the Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. In the magnificent setting of Waldsassen Abbey Basilica in the Upper Palatinate, Mariss Jansons conducted an all-Haydn program in October of 2008: Haydn’s Harmony Mass ranks as one of the six great masses of his late creative period, composed on commission from Prince Esterházy. Its name refers to the unusually large complement of wind instruments, an orchestration that was only possible for the final great masses after the Josephinist restrictions for church music were lifted, and because, from 1792 on, Haydn had a larger instrumental ensemble at his disposal. Timpani and trumpets were used in the Symphony in G major, Hob. I:88, but not, as might be expected, in the opening allegro but rather – in contrast to expectations in those days – not until the slow second movement.

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Haydn - Harmony Mass

Haydn - Harmony Mass


Haydn:

Sinfonia in D major, Hob. Ia:7

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Mass, Hob. XXII:14 in B flat major 'Harmoniemesse'

Marin Hartelius (soprano), Judith Schmid (alto), Christian Elsner (tenor) & Franz-Josef Selig (bass)


An especially festive atmosphere, in which we can participate both acoustically and visually with this DVD, was the dominant mood of this concert in the famous Abbey Basilica of Waldsassen in the Upper Palatinate. Among lovers of baroque church architecture, Waldsassen ranks as one of the most significant sacred buildings in Bavaria. The lush setting also includes the richest treasure-trove of relics north of the Alps. In addition to the Symphony in G major, Hob. I:88 and the Sinfonia D major, Hob. Ia:7, the performance in Waldsassen in October of 2008 also included Franz Joseph Haydn’s Harmony Mass.

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“…filmed in the splendid surround of the ornate Baroque Basilica at Waldsassen, Bavaria… The Mass, with its grand and regularly celebratory liturgical manner, four soloists and chorus, seems particularly well suited to the venue and Brian Large's filming is intelligent in its focus on whatever is happening musically in the score at any given moment. The performance is of a very high standard... Mariss Jansons seeks out the humanity of Haydn's ideas, their wit... and their character...” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 *****

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