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MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - GERMANY: A Musical Visit to the Benedictine Abbey Church at Ottobeuren (NTSC)

    
 

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MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - GERMANY: A Musical Visit to the Benedictine Abbey Church at Ottobeuren (NTSC)

GERMANY

 

The Places
The monastery at Ottobeuren was founded in 764 and included buildings from the succeeding centuries, subsequently destroyed by fire. The present buildings date from the beginning of the 18th century, with the church rebuilt under the architect Johann Michael Fischer. It remains a remarkable monument to its period, and the ornate Abbey Church, with its frescoes and elaborate rococo decoration is bewildering in its splendour.

The Music
Music accompanying the visit to Ottobeuren consists of choruses from Handel’s oratorio Messiah, written in 1741. Of all English oratorios Handel’s Messiah has always been the most overwhelmingly popular. It is the least theatrical of all his oratorios and the most purely sacred in its choice of subject, the Messiah, a compendious version of the coming of Christ, His death and resurrection. The text, by Charles Jennens, drew extensively from the Authorized Version of the Bible, and an additional attraction has always been the large number of choruses included, a larger number than in any other of Handel’s oratorios.

 

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 57 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)








Composer(s):
Handel, George Frideric

Label: Naxos

Series: A Musical Journey

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 2.110289

Barcode: 747313528950

Physical Release: 07/2012

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