Recording Date: 1992
Place of recording: Jesuitenkirche in Luzern
Running Time: 109 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital
Menu Languages PAL: D, F, GB, I, S, SP
Subtitle Languages PAL: F, GB, JP, SP
Menu Languages NTSC: F, GB, JP, SP
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“This enjoyable performance of Haydn's supreme choral masterpiece was recorded at the Lucerne Festival of 1992. It takes place in the appropriate setting of an evocative baroque church, which isn't identified either on screen or in the (inadequate) supporting booklet. The small choir sings with attentive enthusiasm, and is weak only in the tenor department. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra players cover themselves in glory both as an ensemble and individually, and they're adept at imposing period practice on modern instruments. Schreier's direction is relaxed and benevolent, yet his keen ear for rhythmic precision and flexibility in phrasing is constantly felt. The soloists are all Swiss. The veteran Mathis remains a paragon of classical style, phrasing her arias and contributions to the ensembles with firm tone and finely honed phrasing. Prégardien's liquid, silvery tenor and sensitive way with words is just what the tenor part calls for. The young Pape's sonorous bass and confident delivery are ideal; he and Mathis make an appealing Adam and Eve in Part 3. The video direction is discreet, and prompt in homing in on the right performer at the right time. The sound picture is as spacious and well defined.”
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