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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 25./26.09.2014


Genia Kühmeier (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass-baritone) & Anton Barachovsky (solo violin)

Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernard Haitink

The BR-KLASSIK label has already released several recordings with Bernard Haitink, who has now been connected with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for over 55 years. Following Bruckner's Fifth Symphony, Mahler's Ninth and Haydn's "Creation," BR-KLASSIK now presents a live recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Missa solemnis" – a work performed for the recording market for the first time under the baton of Bernard Haitink. The musical partners of this grand seigneur among world-class conductors are the Choir and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks as well as a finely coordinated ensemble of soloists, consisting of Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Mark Padmore and Hanno Müller-Brachmann.

“it is deeply felt, has a superbly disciplined and committed chorus, and grows powerfully towards an Agnus Dei whose darkness and terror are beautifully realised.” Sunday Times, 10th May 2015

“Haitink at 85 makes his first recording of one of music’s choral masterpieces – and what a wonderful performance his wisdom and experience offers.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

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Editor's Choice - August 2015

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Haydn: The Creation

Haydn: The Creation

Live-Recording: Munich, December 2013


Following Mahler's Ninth and Bruckner's Fifth, this live recording of Joseph Haydn's "The Creation" is already the third CD recording to feature the masterly Bernard Haitink at the helm of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Haitink has been a guest conductor of the orchestra for over 50 years now. Haydn's oratorio "The Creation", first performed in 1798, instantly became an established part of the repertoire and the greatest success the composer had ever experienced. Today, it still ranks as an important test for any ensemble of soloists, choir and orchestra. The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and its Choir joined forces for this recording, together with a team of renowned soloists. The solo parts of the three archangels are sung by renowned soprano Camilla Tilling, Mark Padmore, who can also be heard in the BR-KLASSIK recording of Britten's "War Requiem", and bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann who, as a representative of the younger generation, is enjoying a remarkable operatic, lieder and concert career.

“[Haitink] approaches this great choral masterpiece with wit, unhurried grandeur, riveting orchestral detail and forward momentum...Choir, orchestra and soloists are on sparkling form in this live recording – an invigorating reminder, if any were needed, of Haydn’s genius.” The Observer, 14th December 2014 ****

“Right from the “Representation of Chaos” at the oratorio’s start, you know that Haitink has his finger on the music’s dramatic pulse. The orchestra paints incisive pictures, punctuating Haydn’s unearthly wandering harmonies with sharp, seismic shocks...This is a great interpretation of a choral classic.” The Telegraph, 23rd September 2014 *****

“Haitink is predictably superb in movements that encapsulate the 18th-century notion of 'the sublime'...Rarely, too, has the portrayal of the first dawn in Paradise sounded so radiant...With eager, firm-toned singing from the professional choir, the neo-Handelian fugal choruses unfold with a wide dynamic range and a powerful sense of inevitability...This new recording has much to offer” Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

“It manages to combine the virtues of old and new performance traditions and in capturing the essence of Haydn’s wonderfully humane creation. I have no hesitation in saying that this is by some way the most satisfying recorded performance of the work I have heard.” MusicWeb International, 8th December 2014

“The Bavarian chorus does a very good job, with abundant tone and helped, as are the soloists and orchestra, by a commendably clear recording...[Tilling] has the flexibility of voice for her arias...Padmore sings admirably, his lyric tones being suitable for the music...Müller-Brachmann is vocally assured, his tone succulent and warm.” International Record Review, December 2014

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Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66

Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66


Emily Magee (soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Tölz Boys’ Choir, Mariss Jansons

This release commemorates the life of the English composer Benjamin Britten, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Britten, who in May 1942 refused to fight in World War II, began working in 1960 on a "War Requiem". In March of this year, during the performances by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, the work delivered its shattering impact once again – due not only to the Tölz Boys' Choir but also an outstanding trio of soloists.

“Jansons brings a powerful sense of momentum...Gerhaher brings his shamainstic focus to key moments...Magee is fiery and imperious” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ****

“Padmore always makes verbal poetry, despite some shortness of breath...Gerhaher, singing in excellent English, is simply outstanding - powerful, supremely expressive and unforgettable in the intensity that he creates in 'Strange Meeting'.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

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