LPO–0077
© 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2014 BBC
Recorded by BBC Radio 3 at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 10 September 1982.
Remastering Engineer: Deborah Spanton, K&A Productions
Total playing time 79:57
ADD Stereo
Released June 2014

CD: Beethoven – Missa Solemnis

LPO conducted by Georg Solti

Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Sir Georg Solti conductor
Helen Donath soprano
Doris Soffel mezzo soprano
Siegfried Jerusalem tenor
Hans Sotin bass
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Ronald Thomas guest leader
John Currie chorus master

From 1819 to 1823, Beethoven was stirred by a renewed creative energy. Over these four years he sketched his Missa Solemnis, the work he himself came to admire above all others. Here the composer of utter conviction seems to surpass himself with a musical glimpse of the heavenly. This captivating performance, by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under its then Principal Conductor Sir Georg Solti, was recorded live at the BBC Proms in 1982.
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Reviews

'Solti, who gets the LPO to play very well indeed, is on fine form.'
John Quinn, Music Web International, 3 June 2014 

‘A wonderfully coherent interpretation – humane, humble and at one point during the anti-military Agnus Dei, disturbingly angry – that proves utterly enthralling.’ (4 stars)
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 27 June 2014

'A fine account'
Richard Osborne, Gramophone, September 2014

‘This is a sympathetic performance, with Solti well-served by the LPO.’
Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine, September 2014

‘[Solti] captures the intensity of the music thrillingly, and elicits fine playing from the orchestra to complement the excellent vocal elements.’
Infodad.com, 31 July 2014

'This Royal Albert Hall performance from 1982 finds Georg Solti in dynamic, driving yet expressively yielding form, securing a vibrant and sensitive response from a large choir, excellent soloists and a very responsive LPO.'
Classical Ear, 10 September 2014

‘There are too many superlatives about the choir’s performance to list them all, so I will settle for the tremendous power at forte and fortissimo, and the remarkable clarity of texture, the result of rhythmic precision, superb enunciation and spot-on tuning … [Solti] clearly galvanized the chorus, and the playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, in his final season as Principal Conductor, is magnificent throughout.’
William Hedley, International Record Review, October 2014

'Solti fans will not be disappointed, and aficionados of this work will be impressed by the consistent excellence of the Chorus.'
Curtis Rogers, Classical Source, 20 October 2014

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