Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123



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31st March 2017




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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Marianne Beate Kielland (alto), Thomas Walker (tenor) & David Wilson-Johnson (bass)

Cappella Amsterdam & Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Daniel Reuss



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The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century continues its vibrant music-making journey, very much in the spirit of its late founder Frans Brüggen, with specially invited conductors. In order to tackle Beethoven's mighty 'Missa Solemnis', the orchestra formed a partnership with highly-regarded Daniel Reuss, who has recorded a sizeable number of critically-acclaimed choral masterpieces, many of them with Cappella Amsterdam. This fine Dutch chorus is possessed of all the right skills to climb this glorious mountain of a work; notably vocal agility and stamina. The chorus is joined by an outstanding quartet of soloists in Carolyn Sampson, Marianne Beate Kielland, Thomas Walker and David Wilson-Johnson. The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century has significant experience performing the music of Beethoven on period instruments (and its current concert schedule embraces the symphonies, piano concertos and Fidelio), all the more necessary with such a demanding work.

This new recording comes with an elegant essay from Bas van Putten, but also by a fascinating series of images captured by photographer and violinist Annelies van der Vegt, taken across The Netherlands during the course of the orchestra’s concert tour with the Missa Solemnis.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123

Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Kyrie. Assai sostenuto

Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Gloria. Allegro vivace

Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Credo. Allegro ma non troppo

Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Sanctus. Adagio

Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Agnus Dei. Adagio

Sunday Times

9th April 2017

“Period-style recordings of this work are surprisingly rare, dominated by Harnoncourt, Gardiner and Herreweghe, but this belongs with the best. The choir is superb and the solo quartet — led by Carolyn Sampson — are fearless.”

MusicWeb International

18th April 2017

“this is a Missa Solemnis that, for me, really taps into the spirituality of Beethoven’s vision. There is depth and insight in every movement, and the overall result is as moving as it is musically impressive.”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2017

“The ensemble’s collective, soft-grained sonority, so different to the Concentus Musicus Wien of similar vintage on Harnoncourt’s late-style recording (Sony Classical, 8/16), records well .. On film, Daniel Reuss is an agreeably pragmatic leader, but his reading goes deeper…he is especially good at paying respect to the heterogeneous idioms of Beethoven’s painstakingly assembled inspiration … The soloists blend unusually well”

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