James A. Altena
, January 2013
BEETHOVEN, L. van: String Quartet No. 16 / HAYDN, J.: Missa in tempore belli, “Paukenmesse” (Bernstein) (NTSC) 711508
BEETHOVEN, L. van: String Quartet No. 16 / HAYDN, J.: Missa in tempore belli, “Paukenmesse” (Bernstein) (Blu-ray, HD) 711604
[Leonard Bernstein]…leads a performance of rapt intensity, with the incomparable advantage of the string section of the Vienna Philharmonic at his command.
The performance [of the Haydn Mass]…is…a feast for the eyes as well as the ears, as it was given in the massive, ornate, soaring Baroque basilica of the Ottobeuren Abbey in the far southwestern corner of Bavaria. It’s a visual knockout, like having a free museum tour thrown in with the concert, and certainly gives one a great deal more to watch than does the typical concert video.
As someone who does watch concert videos with pleasure, I thoroughly enjoyed this, and recommend it unhesitatingly. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review