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James A. Altena
Fanfare, 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

Lawrence Devoe, August 2012

The Haydn mass was recorded in the basilica of the Ottobeuren Abbey with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Chorus and a stellar quartet of vocal soloists. This is a truly moving, often heart-rending work, composed during the French-Austrian conflict of the 1790’s and its spirituality is well captured here.

Bernstein enthusiasts will probably want this BD to round out their already ample collections. For those considering the pursuit of this BD…you will not find any part that is less than interesting. In this regard, I am grateful to C Major for unearthing these concerts so we get to see a legend in the autumn of his days making memorable music. © 2012 Read complete review

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