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Beethoven: Missa solemnis - Elisabeth Söderström (soprano); Marga Höffgen (contralto); Martti Talvela (bass); Waldemar Kmentt (tenor);...
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  1. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ("Missa Solemnis"), Op. 123
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With no slight intended to the other great recordings of the Missa Solemnis in the world, there's this one and then there are all the rest. Truly. Even with the 1940 Toscanini and the 1974 Böhm, this 1965 recording of Otto Klemperer and the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus embodies everything that's great about the Missa Solemnis. And everything that's great about late Beethoven is in the Missa Solemnis: the energy, the nobility, the strength, the vision, and -- above all -- the overwhelming sense that the numinous is ...