Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Harnoncourt

Beethoven Missa solemnis

22 April 2012 / 15:00


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Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Marlis Petersen

Elisabeth Kulman alto

Werner Güra tenor

Gerald Finley bass

Groot Omroepkoor (Dutch Radio Chorus)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Beethoven - Missa Solemnis: Credo in unum Deum

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Beethoven - Missa Solemnis: Amen

Beethoven's great setting of the Mass was in fact his second - though this one, composed around the time of his Ninth Symphony, is counted by many among the most remarkable of his creations. The Missa Solemnis was for Beethoven – as it remains for the listener today – a profoundly spiritual work. The Amsterdam-based Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is indisputably one of the world's leading ensembles, while conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt has attained legendary status in his lifetime, his expertise ranging from the Baroque repertoire where he first earned his reputation to more recently, and delightfully unexpectedly, Gershwin. His Beethoven recordings remain among the most revered in the catalogue, while his live performances of the composer's music are always counted among the most eagerly anticipated of any season's events.

'The orchestra, with its luscious welter of strings, coloured the music with captivating and near-immaculate brilliance.' The Scotsman

This event is part of:
Classical Music all events 2011-12
Great Performers 2011 - 2012
Barbican International Associates

Produced by the Barbican
This International Associate residency is supported by the SHM Foundation, the City Bridge Trust and the Gordon family


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