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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis Op. 123 - Arttu Kataja (bass); Johanna Winkel (soprano); Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor); Sophie Harmsen (alto);...
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  1. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ("Missa Solemnis"), Op. 123
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Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123, has never been as popular as his Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, or even other late works such as the final group of string quartets. It's both difficult to perform and troublesome to interpret, with giant intricate fugues but also simple passages that seem opaque. Conductor Frieder Bernius, his Kammerchor Stuttgart, and historical-instrument Hofkapelle Stuttgart solve a lot of the problems in this exceptional reading. The big contrapuntal passages reveal much here, thanks ...