Time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2014 . My lists for the previous years: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 - "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 5 - New Release
J.Ritter von Herbeck, Great Mass in E minor, Philharmonie Festiva, Philharmonic Chorus Munich, Gerd Schaller (conductor), Profil
Johann von Herbeck, Great Mass
Philharmonie Festiva, Philharmonic Chorus Munich, Gerd Schaller
This Grand Mass for chorus, organ, and orchestra is sacred gorgeousness of vast proportions. It is noble, unassuming, highly accessible, simple yet refined and easier to appreciate than Bruckner’s masses. With plenty in it that we like from Rheinberger, aforementioned Bruckner, and even Brahms, this Mass is obviously composed by someone who knew what choruses need and how to write effectively for them. When I sang masses in cold cathedrals as a kid, I should have loved to pipe these tunes. Misspending my time in concert halls now, I should love to hear such a work there. Or on this very well recorded, sumptuous-sounding CD. Only the choice of the cover betrays an amateurish side to the project: A half exploded pink alien lady with fake eye-lashes is random nonsense without aesthetic merit and nearly kept me from resisting the CD, unheard. Don’t make the same mistake: The contents are positively uplifting!
# 5 – Reissue
L.v.Beethoven, Complete Piano Sonatas, Maurizio Pollini, DG
Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonatas
We've written plenty about Pollini and his Beethoven on ionarts... this shouldn't come as a surprise to any reader: Dip Your Ears No.13, “When the Gods Call…”, Beethoven Sonata Survey, Best Recordings of 2004.