Wonderful to see the Coronation Mass sung in a liturgical context, though the focus in the video is on the music (naturally), rather than the pope celebrating Mass. Very moving nontheless. Not only is Karajan a great performer; John Paul is pretty impressive, too!
Acclaimed conductor Herbert Von Karajan, who helmed the Berlin Philharmonic from 1956 to 1989, is a legendary figure of the modern period of Classical music. This LEGACY
series attempts to provide a comprehensive survey of his greatest performances. On this particular release, Karajan conducts his orchestra, and is joined by stars like opera diva Kathleen Battle, at high mass in St. Peter's Cathedral, Vatican in June 29, 1985. Mozart provides the musical notation, while Pope John Paul II (Il Papa) provides the holy presence.