Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor
Lucy Crowe soprano
Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano
James Gilchrist tenor
Matthew Rose bass
A gala concert in support of the Monteverdi Ensembles
“From the heart—may it in turn go to the heart!” wrote Beethoven on the score of his Missa Solemnis. Composed in order to inspire devotion in performers and audiences alike, it is one of his grandest, most challenging works. The wonderfully expressive music reflects the text of the Catholic mass, from the pleading Kyrie to the jubilant Gloria. Many contrasting styles, with influences from renaissance polyphony to baroque and classical masses, can be heard. The result is a monumental, moving piece.
The Monteverdi ensembles perform the Missa Solemnis together for the first time in 10 years. The concert will be followed by an exclusive reception.
All proceeds of the night will go towards the ensembles’ future projects.
Part of All classical music events - 2012–2013 season