Beethoven: Mass In C
Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus
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A masterly rendering of a beautiful, powerful piece. As usual the deft hand of Sir Colin Davis has led the nonpareil LSO through yet another magnificent performance. Lyrical when needed, powerful when demanded. A must-have.
An Underrated Masterpiece
Beethoven's Mass in C is not the first thing one may think of when they hear his name. This work was never focused on in any of my music history classes and that has come to perturb me. I have listened to endless amounts of music by Beethoven and there is no doubt that he is one of my favorite composers. This mass is ethereal and it should be considered a masterpiece rather than overlooked. His Missa Solemnis gets more praise than this does and I believe the Mass in C beats the Solemnis in passion and musical content. The work is sounds very much like Beethoven's typical writings, but with a few surprises. Where the listener may expect to hear a loud section, he writes a soft section instead. The chorus is brilliant, but the soloist parts are unbelievable. They are very chordal, intricate and beautiful moments in the work, nothing like the solos in something like his ninth symphony. Switching gears to this particular recording, this is one of the best. Like the other reviewer here said, this is a magnificent performance. Sir Colin Davis is one of the best conductors of our time and he works wonders with the LSO and chorus, which is written wonderfully by Beethoven Not to mention that he has very capable soloist singing. I love that the four soloists can sing as just that, a soloist, but also sing beautifully as sort of an ensemble when they sing together, which occurs often. The chords they create are stable and propel the listener to a higher state of emotion. This is a "must-have" for any fan of Beethoven and really for any listener of classical music.
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