Post by O Post by Ed Presson
Some conductors downplay the Gate of Heaven, but I'm looking now for the
most awesome performance
of this moment. Suggestions?
I assume you're referring to the soprano part in the last movement.
For pure heavenly sweetness, I'd go with Kathleen Battle, in a
recording with Maazel and VPO.
No, the soprano has already passed through the gates and she is singing
about the heavenly life. The reference normally is to the great orchestral
outburst towards the end of the third movement. To be >honest, I haven't
really compared performances of that portion of the work. Presumably you'd
want a great orchestra in great recorded sound. Budapest Festival
Orchestra/Iván Fischer perhaps? Once we've >arrived in heaven, however,
I'll stick with Netania Davrath.
Yes, AC is right. I was writing about the great orchestral outburst. I
should have, could have, been more specific.