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Martin Anderson
Fanfare, November 2017

This concert performance, from 2013, is only its second modern performance. It’s neither a liturgical Mass setting nor a concert conception like Verdi’s Requiem; rather, it is a kind of massive confessional revelation, the same kind of statement of monumental intimacy that Beethoven makes in the Missa solemnis. It’s a towering masterpiece, one of the major achievements of the human mind, and it ought to be as well known as War and Peace or the Three Graces. This is a performance of real intensity, though you’ll need to crank up your speakers to get the full physical wallop that the music requires. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



John Quinn
MusicWeb International, October 2016

The performance seems to me to be an excellent one and one delivered with very strong conviction… The notes tell us that Jörg-Peter Weigle, who is the chorus master of the Philharmonischer Chor Berlin, was completely gripped by the score when he first read it. That comes across in the way he conducts, obtaining fine, dedicated playing and singing from his orchestra and choirs. …overall the solo quartet is a strong one and Simone Schneider is a commanding vocal presence. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Paul L Althouse
American Record Guide, September 2016

The performance itself…gives an excellent account of the piece. …the choruses, joined occasionally by a children’s choir, are well prepared and spirited, particularly in the unbuttoned Gloria. A fine tribute, then, to a composer who deserved a better fate. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide





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