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Beethoven: Missa solemnis



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Beethoven began composing the Missa solemnis in 1819, when he learned that his patron (and pupil) Archduke Rudolph was going to be appointed Cardinal Archbishop of Olmütz. The plan was for the mass to be ready for performance at the enthronement celebrations in March 1820, but one year proved to be too little time. It wasn’t until almost three years later, in January 1823, that Beethoven was able to complete the work. As might be expected, it was unparalleled in every respect – although composed for use during church services, even Beethoven’s contemporaries found that it exceeded the bounds of the genre. Beethoven himself was quite aware of both the dimensions and the importance of the work: in a letter he described it as ‘my greatest work’. It is also a work which over its course encompasses great contrasts: from the solemnity of the Kyrie and the intense excitement at the opening of the Gloria to the disturbing intimations of war during the closing Dona nobis pacem. Originally founded with the aim of performing the choral works of Bach, the Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki are now taking another great leap, after their recent release of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. Described as ‘refreshingly open-hearted, spontaneous and natural’ their interpretation received a 2017 Gramophone Award. Joined by an eminent quartet of vocal soloists, the team now applies its expertise in period performance to Beethoven’s masterpiece.
Facts
Item number BIS-2321
Barcode 7318599923215
Release date 3/2/2018
Category Choral
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Suzuki, Masaaki
Orchestra Bach Collegium Japan
Disc: 1
Missa solemnis, Op. 12300:53:33
1 Missa solemnis, Op. 123: I. Kyrie 00:10:15 Gilchrist, James Suzuki, Masaaki Bach Collegium Japan Constantinescu, Roxana Moen, Ann-Helen Bevan, Benjamin
2 Missa solemnis, Op. 123: IIa. Gloria. Gloria 00:05:03 Gilchrist, James Suzuki, Masaaki Bach Collegium Japan Constantinescu, Roxana Moen, Ann-Helen Bevan, Benjamin
3 Missa solemnis, Op. 123: IIb. Gloria. Qui tollis 00:05:23 Gilchrist, James Suzuki, Masaaki Bach Collegium Japan Constantinescu, Roxana Moen, Ann-Helen Bevan, Benjamin
4 Missa solemnis, Op. 123: IIc. Gloria. Quoniam 00:06:07 Gilchrist, James Suzuki, Masaaki Bach Collegium Japan Constantinescu, Roxana Moen, Ann-Helen Bevan, Benjamin
5 Missa solemnis, Op. 123: IIIa. Credo. Credo 00:03:44 Suzuki, Masaaki Bach Collegium Japan
6 Missa solemnis, Op. 123: IIIb. Credo. Et incarnatu 00:04:55 Gilchrist, James Suzuki, Masaaki Bach Collegium Japan Constantinescu, Roxana Moen, Ann-Helen Bevan, Benjamin
7 Missa solemnis, Op. 123: IIIc. Credo. Et resurrexi 00:08:46 Gilchrist, James Suzuki, Masaaki Bach Collegium Japan Constantinescu, Roxana Moen, Ann-Helen Bevan, Benjamin
8 Missa solemnis, Op. 123: IVa. Sanctus. Sanctus - P 00:03:22 Gilchrist, James Suzuki, Masaaki Bach Collegium Japan Constantinescu, Roxana Moen, Ann-Helen Bevan, Benjamin
9 Missa solemnis, Op. 123: IVb. Sanctus. Præludium - 00:11:04 Gilchrist, James Suzuki, Masaaki Terakado, Ryo Bach Collegium Japan Constantinescu, Roxana Moen, Ann-Helen Bevan, Benjamin
10 Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Va. Agnus Dei. Agnus Dei 00:05:58 Gilchrist, James Suzuki, Masaaki Bach Collegium Japan Constantinescu, Roxana Moen, Ann-Helen Bevan, Benjamin
11 Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Vb. Agnus Dei. Dona nobis 00:08:37 Gilchrist, James Suzuki, Masaaki Bach Collegium Japan Constantinescu, Roxana Moen, Ann-Helen Bevan, Benjamin
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