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Beethoven: Missa solemnis
Heather Harper
Julia Hamari
Sven Olof Eliasson
Peter Meven
Kölner Rundfunkchor
Kölner Rundfunk Sinfonie-Orchester

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William Steinberg’s recording of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis has never been issued before on CD and is in excellent stereo sound. Along with the superb Cologne Radio Choir, Steinberg used a superb quartet of soloists for this demanding work – Heather Harper (who sang on EMI’s Giulini recording), Julia Hamari, Sven Olof Eliasson and Peter Meven. Both Hamari and Meven were regular performers at all the European festivals, notably under Karajan. Steinberg’s interpretation is one of fiery intensity, majesty and utter fidelity to the score, which was one of his main characteristics as a conductor.

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Missa solemnis in D major op.123

1 I Kyrie                                                                                                                8.09

   II Gloria

2              Gloria in excelsis Deo                                                     5.09

3              Qui tollis                                                                               4.51

4              Quoniam tu solus Sanctus                                            7.07

   III Credo

5              Credo in unum Deum                                                     4.28

6              Et incarnatus est                                                               5.08

7              Et resurrexit                                                                       9.35

   IV Sanctus & Benedictus

8              Sanctus                                                                                                5.14

9              Benedictus                                                                         9.44

   V Agnus Dei

10           Agnus Dei                                                                            5.46

11           Dona nobis pacem                                                           9.17


Heather Harper soprano

Julia Hamari contralto

Sven Olof Eliasson tenor

Peter Meven bass

Wolfram Gehring organ

Wolfgang Marschner  violin

Kölner Rundfunkchor Chorus master: Herbert Schernus

(Now renamed WDR Rundfunkchor Köln)

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester

(Now renamed WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln)


Beethoven: Missa solemnis - Gloria

Martin Kendrick

“Right from the start you feel that all will be well. A clear preference for Steinberg”


    Martin Kendrick

    “Throughout, the Cologne Radio Chorus copes impressively with the huge demands of the choral writing. This performance is straightforward in the best sense, and it makes a powerful and lasting impact, in clear, full stereo.”

    International Record Review

      Martin Kendrick

      “There is a feeling of expansiveness and grandeur as the magnificent sound of the recording and the superb singing of soloists and choir open out to the vastness of the starry canopy...I keep coming back, though, to the recorded sound which has the most amazing clarity and transparency, not to mention dynamic range...This is a grand, noble, and exalted Missa Solemnis that, in my opinion [Jerry Dubins], equals if not surpasses any number of other critically acclaimed versions. ”


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