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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2015

…this recording will be a source of satisfaction for years to come. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, November 2015

…the first things you notice are the warm, enveloping sound of a great orchestra and the spiritually rapt entrances from the choir and soloists. …[Haitink’s] Missa Solemnis isn’t a roller-coaster ride; it’s a Mass. And everything—the singing, the playing, even the engineering—is keyed to the directive that the liturgy be honored. The orchestra accompanies; it doesn’t dominate. The soloists sing lyrically, without pushing. The big fugue at the end of the Gloria is delivered with plenty of oomph, as it surely must be. But at the same time, it keeps enough of its cool so that all elements remain in balance and every single entrance, line, and word can be heard. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Nereffid
Les Introuvables de Nereffid, October 2015

There are several fine recordings of Missa Solemnis but this one has now to be counted as one of the leading recommendations. © 2015 Les Introuvables de Nereffid Read complete review




Robert Levine
ClassicsToday.com, August 2015

This performance of Beethoven’s thorniest choral work is what one might expect from the great Bernard Haitink: pinpoint precision and an authentic, non-doctrinaire, ego-free reading. This is a performance much to be admired… © 2015 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review




Richard Osborne
Gramophone, August 2015

There are plenty of recordings of the Missa solemnis that are essentially theatrical happenings regulated from without. This is a spiritual event which grows from within. Free of any taint of ego, it takes with unerring aim the course the composer himself prescribed when he wrote the words ‘from the heart to the heart’. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



David Allen
The New York Times, July 2015

With four fine soloists, a strong choir and supple playing, the work has details that reward a second listen, then a third and more. © 2015 The New York Times Read complete review



Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, July 2015

The Maestro’s pacing of the work is not without an apt air of reverence, but the prevailing ethos of the performance is musical, not dogmatic. Beethoven’s relationship with religion was notoriously complicated, but the sentiments in Missa solemnis speak for themselves when allowed to do so. Haitink permits them the use of their own voices, and his performance is ultimately more moving than many readings that attempt to be overt paeans to indoctrinated faith. The musical forces of the Chor und Symphonierchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks respond to Haitink’s leadership with the unambiguous enthusiasm of fellow musicians who share or at least understand the conduction’s vision. The orchestra’s musicians…deliver one of the most accurate traversals of Beethoven’s score on records, achieving studio-quality precision without losing the do-or-die intensity of live performance. When the music calls for rafter-rattling volume, the musicians supply it unabashedly, but these musicians comprehend what many of today’s singers do not, that producing notes loudly is not the same thing as playing music passionately. This was a critical distinction to Beethoven, and it must also be in the performance of his music. © 2015 Voix des Arts Read complete review



John Quinn
MusicWeb International, June 2015

This is an inspired and inspiring performance. We may have had to wait a long time for a Haitink recording of this great work but, my goodness, the wait has been worthwhile. His interpretation is distinguished from first note to last…

The BR-Klassik recording is excellent, as befits such a fine performance. There are several fine recordings of Missa solemnis but this one has now to be counted as one of the leading recommendations. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, June 2015

…this release from Haitink and his Bavarian forces is as praiseworthy as any recording I have encountered. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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