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Guest concert in Ottobeuren

Sunday, 26 September 2021
Ottobeuren, Basilica

Guest concert

Concert starts at 3 pm

Ludwig van Beethoven
Missa solemnis

for soli, choir and orchestra in D major, op. 123

Lucy Crowe soprano
Ann Hallenberg mezzo-soprano
Julian Prégardien tenor
Tareq Nazmi bass

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Peter Dijkstra/Michael Gläser chorus master

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Sir John Eliot Gardiner

conductor


“From the heart, may it again go to the heart.” Thus Beethoven wrote at the head of the Kyrie in his Missa solemnis. Shortly before completing the work he called it the greatest he had ever written. This monumental yet enigmatic masterpiece of sacred music is less a strictly liturgical composition than a vehicle for kindling authentic religious feelings in the listeners. His Mass thus bespeaks a thoroughly Enlightenment view of religion; it also reveals a sense of drama, as when the final plea for peace, “Dona nobis pacem”, is preceded by vivid scenes of war.

In John Eliot Gardiner a conductor steps up to the BRSO rostrum who has often plunged into the gigantic cosmos of the Missa solemnis in concerts and recordings, probing the field of tension between faith and emotionalism that goes directly to the heart.

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