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Beethoven - Missa Solemnis · Mozart - Coronation Mass / Karajan
Agnes Baltsa, Gundula Janowitz, Werner Krenn
Beethoven - Missa Solemnis Mozart - Coronation Mass / Karajan
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #2


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The best recording of Beethoven's "most accomplished work"
Derek Lee | St. Paul, MN USA | 12/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have always thought that Karajan's style was perfectly suited for the mysticism and spirituality of thegreat masterworks of Beethoven's last period; I think this is plainly clear regarding his 1962 performance of the ninth symphony, and is even more obvious here. Every part of this masterpiece (both the composition and the performance) is unforgettable; I particularly am in a state of rapture when I listen to the Benedictus; the violin soloist does a perfect job, along with the entire ensemble. Congratulations are particularly in order for the absolutely first-rate soloists. All of them produce some of the best performances of their mighty careers here. Although if you but this CD you are most likely doing so for the Missa Solemnis, the Coronation mass is wonderful too. Although in scope it is much more restricted than the great Missa Solemnis, it is a delightful work, and even though the soloists may not be of the same calibre as those for the earlier recording, they are still exceptionally good."
The best
Jeff Davis Maynor | Baton Rouge, LA United States | 07/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My title sums it all up. This is quite simply the best recording I've ever heard of the great Missa Solemnis. Von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonia are at their peak and his interpretation of this great work conveys all of it's majesty as one of Beethoven's most transcendent works. The best part of this fine recording however is the performance of Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, the great Fritz Wunderlich, and Walter Berry. The soloists performance is what transforms this from a great work, to the masterwork that it is."
Sacred Music
miamidietrich | 04/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Of the many recordings there is no rival to this one. It features one of finest vocal quartets this (last!) century. Although not perfect -- the tempi at times sluggish, the balance odd in places, and the violin occasionally wanders out of tune -- nevertheless, the pathos of the performance are remarkably moving. Expressive directing by Karajan (one of his best performances); remarkably magnificent singing (notably by Wunderlich and Janowitz)."