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Franz Wilser-Most-Schubert review: Mass No. 6 in E flat major

Franz Wilser-Most-Schubert review: Mass No. 6 in E flat major

Despite the fine mix of voices, Franz Wilser Most and the Cleveland Orchestra, the excellent soloists of Schubert’s Requiem in E flat major, seem to have slowed down.

Franz Wilser Most was the principal of the Cleveland Orchestra for over twenty years. Now, together with the choir, orchestra, and soloists, they performed a piece of music from Schubert’s sacred work, whose Requiem is No. 6 in E flat major. The live recording from Cleveland’s Mandel Concert Hall, home of the orchestra, is based on Heavenly Delight. However, these delightful harmonies lack grounded friction: the orchestral sound is warmly colored and delicately mixed down to the pointed solo entrances. The choral parts have a meditative intensity and intensity, and are dynamically well graded. The solo segments with identical guest stars appear explicitly. However, everything seems very slow and erudite. A little more fire and urgency would have made the whole thing just fine. Like at the end of Credo or in some magical moment in Agnus Dei of this recording. Here it gets really packed.

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Franz Wilser Most

Franz Wilser Most

Schubert: Mass No. 6 in E flat major, d. 950

Joely Harvey (soprano), Daryl Friedman (mezzo-soprano), Julian Brigardian and Martin Mitrotzner (tenor), Dashon Burton (bass-baritone), Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, Franz Wilser Most (conductor)

Born in Linz in 1960, Franz Wilser Most studied composition and violin first before concentrating fully on conducting the orchestra. Since 1990 he has conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and since 1995 he has been Music Director, then General Music Director of the Orchestra… More

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