Soli Deo Gloria’s DVD of Missa Solemnis shines a supreme light on this rarely performed choral masterpiece.
Beethoven wrote that “music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents,” and this DVD beautifully brings to life the composer’s spiritual intent “to awaken and permanently instill religious feelings, not only in the singers, but also in the listeners.”
DVD extras: More than one hour of video extras including: interviews with John Nelson, conductor, and Peter Readman, chairman of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe - “Meet Soli Deo Gloria” introductory video - Previews from selected DVDs from The Soli Deo Gloria Collection.
Running time: 145 mins (80 mins Concert + 65 mins Bonus)
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“Right from the first bars of the Kyrie you can tell that interpretational fervour is a high priority, a hunch that is magnificently borne out by the fiery Gloria...John Nelson understands the paradoxes and contradictions that sit at the heart of this piece... if you're after a fine Missa on screen, look no further.”
“The Chamber Orchestra of Europe plays magnificently, never tiring. And the same goes for the chorus...They are fearless, as they need to be. They not only cope with Beethoven's often absurd demands, they seem to exult in them, though they don't forget to impart that sense of effortfulness which is so large an element in the score...It seems unlikely that Beethoven's vision in this work will ever be more completely captured.”
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