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Puccini: Madama Butterfly

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Schubert's last great masses - No.5 in A flat and No.6 in E flat - are his greatest achievements in this genre, both seeking to reconcile Christian liturgical grandeur with new-found romantic expression. They are much more substantial than the composer's earlier masses, which still lie firmly within the classical tradition of Haydn and Mozart. Schubert was very proud of his sublime A flat mass, which took him three years to write, and was the only completed major work of the so-called 'crisis' years. It features some of Schubert's most beautiful and complex writing for choir and orchestra. His last and most ambitious mass, the Mass No.6 in E flat, was once considered something of a Cinderella among the great works of his final year. However, it is increasingly acknowledged as a powerful and disquieting masterpiece, more monumental than the A flat. Wolfgang Sawallisch is renowned for his performances of Schubert's church music, and these glorious recordings from 1971, made with the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Rundfunkchor Leipzig, were released to great acclaim. The team of legendary soloists are all experienced performers of oratorio: soprano Helen Donath, mezzo-soprano Ingeborg Springer, tenor Peter Schreier and bass Theo Adam.

'the...Dresden sound is first class: spacious, with plenty of depth and a very good overall balance. The conductor has chosen a superb team of soloists...Helen Donath sings very beautifully...undoubtedly Sawallisch is at his most inspired throughout.' Penguin Good CD Guide review
Item number 706304
Barcode 814337010638
Release date 05/01/2011
Category BLU-RAY
Label C Major
Media type BLU-RAY DVD
Number of units 1
Artists Batatunashvili, Nino
Pizzi, Pier Luigi
Angeletti, Raffaella
Batatunashvili, Nino
Pizzi, Pier Luigi
Angeletti, Raffaella
Composers Puccini, Giacomo
Puccini, Giacomo
Conductors Callegari, Daniele
Callegari, Daniele
Orchestras Fondatione Orchestra Regionale Delle Marche
Fondatione Orchestra Regionale Delle Marche
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