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Classical - Released May 3, 2019 | Carus

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Beethoven repeatedly described the Missa solemnis as his greatest work, intended to affect and move people. His labor on the composition was long and intense; the work is not regarded as the most important mass setting of the 19th century in vain. In terms of its scope and musical demands, it reaches far beyond what is liturgically usual – not without reason did the premiere take place in a concert hall. The Kammerchor Stuttgart and the Hofkapelle Stuttgart under the leadership of Frieder Bernius master the challenges of the Missa with bravura. All the sonorous groups work together intensively, creating an organic and homogeneous flow of interpretation. The young quartet of soloists Johanna Winkel, Sophie Harmsen, Sebastian Kohlhepp and Arttu Kataja complement the ensembles. © Carus
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released November 1, 2010 | Carus

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica
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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released November 2, 2018 | Carus

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
Of Zelenka's known works (roughly two hundred pieces) only about a dozen are not religious. And so it's no surprise that the catalogue contains heaps of masses, oratorios, requiems, psalms, litanies, Te Deums and Magnificats. He wrote all these marvels while working at the court of Dresden, where he spent the best part of his life, from 1710 until his death 35 years later. By all indications, the two successive monarchs he served liked his work a lot; but they were not his only fans. One Johann Sebastian Bach admired him enough to invite him to stay now and again, and to copy (or rather, to have his sons copy) several of Zelenka's works. His work would only come back into fashion after his death, thanks in particualr to the efforts of Smetana, who wanted to honour musicians of Czech origin, of whom Zelenka was one. The writing still shows great harmonic daring, stuffed to the brim with unusual chromaticisms in a great melting pot of national influences: there's North German counter-punctual rigour, of course, and Italian melodic flair – but then there is also something rarer: Bohemian and Moravian melismas, which are normally only found in the works of consciously "national" Czech composers, foremost of whom Smetana. Here we find his Mass of St Joseph, written in 1732 – making it a mature work of his – as well as some highly original psalms from the mid-1720s. The exceptional Frieder Bernius leads his his Stuttgart ensembles, the local Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra, which he has raised up to an international standard. This is the world's first-ever recording of this mass. © SM/Qobuz
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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released January 1, 2000 | Carus

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
Although he was a contemporary and friend of Bach’s, Zelenka wrote his music in a comprehensively different style; his few years of study in Venice surely took his style off in a more flamboyant, extroverted direction. This is his monumental Missa Dei Patris ("Mass for God the Father", a sweeping title), written right at the end of his life – a life spent mostly in Dresden, where he was first a bass player and then a court composer – in a flamboyant style. The work has a refined orchestration and an impressive scope that moves from large choirs to solos, vocal ensembles, choruses and soloists, and a capella passages – in other words, all conceivable combinations, making it a must-listen that clocks in at over an hour. This recording, carried out by the now-famous Frieder Bernius and his Stuttgart Chamber Choir (backed up by the Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra), came to be in the year 2000, but has since lost none of its vigour or force. In Bernius’ hands, Zelenka takes his place in the baroque concert of nations. © SM/Qobuz
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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released October 7, 2014 | Carus

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released June 14, 2019 | haenssler CLASSIC

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Classical - Released November 4, 2016 | Carus

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released May 6, 2014 | Carus

Distinctions 4 étoiles Classica
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Symphonic Music - Released April 1, 2010 | Carus

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Choirs (sacred) - Released July 3, 2012 | Carus

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released June 5, 2012 | Carus

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Sacred Oratorios - Released April 7, 2015 | Carus

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Orfeo

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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released April 23, 2010 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Carus

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Classical - Released August 17, 2012 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 20, 2017 | Carus

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Orfeo