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César Franck: Les Béatitudes - Cornelia Kallisch (alto); Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano); Gilles Cachemaille (baritone); Ingeborg Danz (mezzo-soprano); John Cheek (bass); Juan Vasle (bass); Keith Lewis (tenor); Reinhard Hagen (bass); Scot Weir (tenor)
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  1. Les béatitudes, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, FWV 53
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César Franck completed his largest work, the oratorio Les Béatitudes in 1869, but it wasn't publicly performed until 1891, after his death. The piece generated an unusually wide spectrum of responses, ranging from favorable comparisons with the choral masterpieces of Bach and Beethoven to dismissive contempt. It has never established itself in the choral repertoire, perhaps because of its length and the huge performing forces required, but perhaps also because its level of musical inspiration isn't high enough to make its ...

César Franck: Les Béatitudes 1990, Haenssler

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