The Kammerchor Stuttgart is one of the finest choirs worldwide. Under the direction of Frieder Bernius they shine in this recording of the first of Beethoven’s two grand masses –a work which opens up new worlds of expression for the Mass text that are expressly modern. The world-premiere recording of Cherubini’s "Sciant gentes" (1892) rounds out this album.
Music ***** Sound *****
Michael Kube - Fono Forum magazine - December 2013
"... The Stuttgart Chamber Choir is fine mixed group of nearly 50 singers with more than 70 records to their credit. They have enough strength to bring weight when needed, but also enough transparency ... to present Beethoven’s work in excellent light. The equally good soloists sing with minimal vibrato, so the ensembles are particularly open and lovely... Bernius keeps the piece moving along well ..."
Paul l Althouse - American Records Guide - September/Ocotober 2013
Performance *** Recording ****
"... Perpetually neglected, Cherubini is an enterprisingly original composer, especially of church music, and this ten-minute work is a good sampler. The conductor Fieder Bernius favours a severe, even austere appraoch, as if the work is actually being performed during a service, but that does bring out the intensity of the many surprising conrasts."
Michael Tanner - BBC Music magazine - September 2013