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Freiburger Barockorchester|Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123

Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123

Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor, René Jacobs, Polina Pastirchak, Sophie Harmsen, Steve Davislim, Johannes Weisser

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Conductor René Jacobs' turn to Beethoven has yielded impressive results by going back to Beethoven's works and rethinking them from the ground up. His revival of the opera Leonore, Hess 109, the original 1805 version of Fidelio, Op. 72, made a strong case for that little-performed version. Even better, perhaps, is this 2021 reading of the Missa Solemnis, Op. 123, a notoriously difficult work to interpret. It does not lie easily in the voice ranges of the singers; its mood shifts gears seemingly out of nowhere, and it ends on a seemingly uncertain note. Yet, in no way can the mass be considered a minor Beethoven work. The composer struggled with it for years, missing deadlines and returning to the mass text for fresh study. The work is a personal religious statement from a composer who has variously been called an atheist (by Haydn), an agnostic, or a freethinker. Jacobs treats the mass as a kind of passion play, bringing out the currents of thought in the music with strong contrasts and giving an uncanny sense of Beethoven's own responses to the text. Listen to the Incarnatus, where Jacobs catches the composer's relative lack of interest in the Incarnation as compared with the Crucifixion. Listeners are directed toward the interview-style booklet notes in which Jacobs expands on his ideas; his interpretation of the odd Agnus Dei finale is highly persuasive. In general, the music draws the listener in as if witnessing a spiritual journey. The performances are very strong; there is no hint of Baroque mechanistic quality in the work of the historical-instrument Freiburg Barockorchester, and the soloists handle the vocal challenges as well as any have. This is a Missa Solemnis that yields new insights with each hearing, and it is one that will be heard for many years to come.
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Missa Solemnis, op. 123 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
Kyrie "Kyrie eleison" - "Christie eleison" - "Kyrie eleison"
00:08:43

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

2
Gloria "Gloria in excelsis Deo"
00:02:59

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

3
Gloria "Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam"
00:02:32

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

4
Gloria "Qui tollis peccata mundi"
00:02:27

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

5
Gloria "Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris"
00:02:36

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

6
Gloria "Quoniam tu solus Sanctus"
00:06:37

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

7
Credo "Credo in umum Deum"
00:03:44

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

8
Credo "Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto"
00:04:46

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

9
Credo "Et resurrexit tertia die"
00:02:48

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

10
Credo "Et vitam venturi sæculi"
00:06:00

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

11
Sanctus "Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth" - "Hosanna in excelsis"
00:03:35

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

12
Sanctus. Präludium
00:01:24

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

13
Benedictus "Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini" - "Hosanna in excelsis"
00:09:36

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

14
Agnus Dei "Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi"
00:06:41

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

15
Agnus Dei "Dona nobis pacem"
00:07:26

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Johannes Weisser, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sophie Harmsen, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

Album Description

Conductor René Jacobs' turn to Beethoven has yielded impressive results by going back to Beethoven's works and rethinking them from the ground up. His revival of the opera Leonore, Hess 109, the original 1805 version of Fidelio, Op. 72, made a strong case for that little-performed version. Even better, perhaps, is this 2021 reading of the Missa Solemnis, Op. 123, a notoriously difficult work to interpret. It does not lie easily in the voice ranges of the singers; its mood shifts gears seemingly out of nowhere, and it ends on a seemingly uncertain note. Yet, in no way can the mass be considered a minor Beethoven work. The composer struggled with it for years, missing deadlines and returning to the mass text for fresh study. The work is a personal religious statement from a composer who has variously been called an atheist (by Haydn), an agnostic, or a freethinker. Jacobs treats the mass as a kind of passion play, bringing out the currents of thought in the music with strong contrasts and giving an uncanny sense of Beethoven's own responses to the text. Listen to the Incarnatus, where Jacobs catches the composer's relative lack of interest in the Incarnation as compared with the Crucifixion. Listeners are directed toward the interview-style booklet notes in which Jacobs expands on his ideas; his interpretation of the odd Agnus Dei finale is highly persuasive. In general, the music draws the listener in as if witnessing a spiritual journey. The performances are very strong; there is no hint of Baroque mechanistic quality in the work of the historical-instrument Freiburg Barockorchester, and the soloists handle the vocal challenges as well as any have. This is a Missa Solemnis that yields new insights with each hearing, and it is one that will be heard for many years to come.
© TiVo

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