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Liszt: Christus Oratorio - Birgit Remmert (alto); Christoph Anselm Noll (organ); Donald Kaasch (tenor); Franziska Hirzel (soprano);...
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  1. Christus, oratorio for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ, S. 3 (LW I7)
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Apart from Mendelssohn's Elijah and Paulus, Brahms' German Requiem, and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, the undisputed champ among nineteenth century oratorios is Franz Liszt's gigantic Christus. Composed in just four years between 1859 and 1863 on an unwieldy libretto by Princess Carolyne von Sayn-Wittgenstein, Christus may have been intended as Liszt's answer to Handel's Messiah, and at least in length -- three hours -- it is certainly a comparable effort. Christus, like nearly all of Liszt's music that does not involve the ...