This work was composed in 1816 in Paris and within a short period of time became very well known. It was performed at Beethoven’s funeral and both Schumann and Brahms held it in very high regard. The collaboration of Bernius, Frieder and the Kammerchor Stuttgart have received international acclaim and on this CD, you can hear why!
“Bernius, Frieder has the measure of this music, as do the choir with their lively "Quam olim Abrahae" fugue, but also, after the rather cursory "Sanctus" that was French custom, with a serene singing of the strangely harmonised "Pie Jesu".” GRAMOPHONE
“The Stuttgart Chamber Chorus proves to be excellent purveyors of this regal sorrow, never self-indulgent, never anything less than perfectly poised and gracefully restrained, and yet always completely in sympathy with the music's satisfying mingling of stern formality and tightly-reined emotion.” INT. RECORD REVIEW