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Symphonic Music - Released November 6, 2012 | Glossa

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama
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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 2009 | Glossa

Distinctions Choc de Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording
The commission came from the port city of Cádiz, in southern Spain. Joseph Haydn had been invited to compose orchestral passion music for performance during Holy Week. The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross, which contributed significantly to Haydn's international reputation, also exists in versions for string quartet and piano, and as an oratorio, but the symphonic version presented here is the original. The composer himself considered this one of his finest works, and today, more than two centuries later, we can only concur. Haydn "translated" Christ's last words, culled from the various gospels, into seven slow, sober and imposingly spiritual movements. After Cádiz the work became removed from its liturgical context. In modern-day programming attempts have been made to reconstruct the original setting, but in a concert hall, spoken commentary only interferes with the music, and even more so on a recording. In respecting this objection, but at the same time desiring to create a meaningful space between the movements, Frans Brüggen invited the Dutch-American composer Ron Ford (Kansas City, 1959) to compose instrumental intermezzi. "This was a real challenge," says Ford. "I looked for a balance between contrast and creating suitable connections. With this sort of commission you have to ask yourself: what haven't we had yet? Haydn is punctual, logical, direct. What is missing is a sense of swell and ebb. I explored that route, with the sound of the Orchestra of the 18th Century in mind. Their breathing style of playing is unique in the world." (Glossa) Under the steady hands of Frans Brüggen, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century performs the orchestral version of Haydn with sculpted balances, molded ensembles, and bright but warmly blended colors. Brüggen gives Haydn's music the sense of seriousness and spirituality it needs to succeed, but never allows the work to become bogged down in its own solemnity. Brüggen has written that he was looking for brief musical interludes to take the place of the Gospel readings that were originally intended to separate the movements, and Ford's intermezzi serve that function. The aesthetic viewpoint of the listener will determine whether or not they satisfactorily serve that function. (Qobuz) 
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Classical - Released September 1, 2002 | Philips

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Classical - Released January 1, 1964 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released June 11, 1987 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1962 | Warner Classics

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Theatre Music - Released January 1, 2001 | Glossa

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released March 29, 2010 | Glossa

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Recorded in March 2009, this is a magical, mystical, and altogether magnificent performance of Bach's B minor Mass. Twenty years after their first appearance in Warsaw performing this work, Frans Brüggen and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century have returned to it, and the sense of occasion and affection is palpable. With sopranos Dorothee Mields and Johannette Zomer, alto Patrick van Goethem, tenor Jan Kobow, and bass Peter Kooij, and with the Cappella Amsterdam choir, Brüggen delivers a truly great B minor Mass. One could take his performance apart, pointing to his deft handling of the work's color, textural, emotional contrasts, and discussing his lines' clarity, his harmonies' lucidity, and his forms' balances. But as with any great art, Brüggen's B minor Mass is far more than the sum of its parts, and any technical discussions would fall far short of describing the performances' many and manifold glories. Suffice it to say that his account is both deeply human and highly spiritual, and anyone who loves the work should hear it. Recorded live in Warsaw's Lutoslawski Radio Studio, the digital sound is big, bold, direct, and very, very vivid. For some listeners, it may be too vivid, but others may find the immediacy bracing and exciting. © TiVo
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released April 3, 2012 | Glossa

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Classical - Released January 1, 1972 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1972 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1988 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released April 14, 1997 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 1964 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released May 11, 2018 | IDIS

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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released June 7, 2019 | IDIS

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Classical - Released June 28, 1999 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1991 | Decca Music Group Ltd.