Beethoven Missa solemnis

SDG 718 | 1 CD (5 tracks)


Lucy Crowe/ Jennifer Johnston/ James Gilchrist/ Matthew Rose
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner

ICMA award

"Performed to perfection and brought into new, terrifying life." – The Times *****

"Nothing short of rapid-fire choral entries will do, and the Monteverdi sopranos duly shone in their ecstatic embrace of the stratosphere."
– The Financial Times *****

In 2011 Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique toured the United States, returning to the repertoire of Beethoven for the first time since their acclaimed symphony recordings of the early '90s. Their tour culminated in the CD release of his 5th and 7th symphonies. This recording of Missa Solemnis - recorded live at the Barbican during a sell out tour of Europe and the United States - continues their in-depth exploration of Beethoven’s repertoire.

Soloists, choir, orchestra, and conductor were praised for this incandescent reading of Beethoven’s masterpiece – a very personal statement of the composer’s faith, rarely heard in concert halls.

The album is packaged in a digipack and contains a 36-page booklet with original liner notes by BBC presenter and music journalist Stephen Johnson, translated in German and French.



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Track Title Duration
01 Kyrie 08:18 mp3 single 169 flac single 179
02 Gloria 15:34 mp3 single 169 flac single 179
03 Credo 17:53 mp3 single 169 flac single 179
04 Sanctus 14:46 mp3 single 169 flac single 179
05 Agnus Dei 13:35 mp3 single 169 flac single 179

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