Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
Beethoven’s grandest choral work brought to life by a living legend. The largest and longest of his works for the concert platform, the magnificent Missa Solemnis was the product of great emotional investment for Beethoven, inscribing on the score: “From the heart - may it return to the heart”. Ultimately, he considered this one of his greatest works, and even more than his life-affirming Ninth gives us an insight into the complexity of Beethoven’s inner life: a deeply spiritual man who had great difficulty in reconciling the divine force that gifted him his talents but was also responsible for the loss of his hearing. Not often performed due to the scale and difficulty of the work, the inimitable Nikolaus Harnoncourt assembled an all star cast to deliver this thrilling interpretation. PROGRAM BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis ARTISTS Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor Marlis Petersen, soprano Elisabeth Kulman, mezzo-soprano Werner Güra, tenor Gerald Finley, baritone Netherlands Radio Choir Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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