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A Musical Journey - Germany: A Musical Visit to the Benedictine Abbey Church at Ottobeuren


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The Places • The monastery at Ottobeuren was founded in 764 and included buildings from the succeeding
centuries, subsequently destroyed by fire. The present buildings date from the beginning of the 18th century,
with the church rebuilt under the architect Johann Michael Fischer. It remains a remarkable monument to its
period, and the ornate Abbey Church, with its frescoes and elaborate rococo decoration is bewildering in its
splendour.
The Music • Music accompanying the visit to Ottobeuren consists of choruses from Handel’s oratorio Messiah,
written in 1741. Of all English oratorios Handel’s Messiah has always been the most overwhelmingly popular.
It is the least theatrical of all his oratorios and the most purely sacred in its choice of subject, the Messiah, a
compendious version of the coming of Christ, His death and resurrection. The text, by Charles Jennens, drew
extensively on the Authorized Version of the Bible, and an additional attraction has
always been the large number of choruses included, a larger number than in any
other of Handel’s oratorios.
Facts
Item number 2110289
Barcode 747313528950
Release date 7/31/2012
Category Classical Music
Label NAXOS DVD
Media type DVD VIDEO
Number of units 1
Disc: 1
1 Germany: A Musical Visit to the Benedictine Abbey 00:57:18
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