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© 2007 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2004 BBC
Recorded by BBC Radio 3 live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 28 July 2004
Booklet text in English and German
Total playing time: 65:06
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Released July 2007

CD: Masur conducts Schubert & Janáček

LPO conducted by Kurt Masur

Schubert Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 (Unfinished)
Janáček Glagolitic Mass

Kurt Masur conductor
Zdena Kloubová soprano
Karen Cargill mezzo-soprano
Pavol Breslik tenor
Gustáv Beláček bass
David Goode organ
Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno
Petr Fialab chorus master
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Gordan Nikolitch leader
After the tantalising pregnancy of the 'Unfinished' Symphony, Janáček's declamatory Glagolitic Mass responds to Schubert's open-endedness with a resounding sense of conclusion and assurance. Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall during the 2004 BBC Proms, these performances under the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Conductor Kurt Masur capture both the atmosphere of the Proms season and the essence of the works.
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Reviews

'Two contrasting works, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished), and Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass, feature, demonstrating how the LPO under Masur copes with quite different works with skill and fluency.'
Scotland on Sunday, 29 July 2007

'Classily beautiful orchestral playing; Masur’s way with the first movement [Schubert Symphony No. 8] combines real drama with natural lyrical flow.'
Classic FM, October 2007

'This awesomely muscular, vital account of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass … Schubert’s 'Unfinished' opens the programme with slow grandeur under the resonant dome.'
Rick Jones, Times Knowledge, 8 September 2007

'This blazing account of the mass at the Royal Albert Hall is searing in every respect, underlining the genius of the composer, the quality of the LPO, and the gripping command of Masur, a giant among interpreters.'
Michael Tumelty, Glasgow Herald, 8 September 2007

'Masur directs a strong and well articulated performance'
John Warrack, Gramophone, November 2007

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