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Proms 2011 Prom 67: Beethoven – Missa Solemnis

Prom 67: Beethoven – Missa Solemnis
19:00 Sun 4 Sep 2011 Royal Albert Hall
A seasoned interpreter revisits one of Beethoven’s supreme achievements, the largest and longest of his non-stage works.
A seasoned interpreter revisits one of Beethoven’s supreme achievements, the largest and longest of his non-stage works.

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Sir Colin Davis tackles a work whose uncompromising nature makes it as great a challenge as anything in the choral repertoire, whether you regard it as a statement of the composer's belief in the spiritual potential of man or his faith in a supreme being.

'A musician must make affirmations,' says Davis. 'If a musician cannot believe in music as a universal ideal, what is he left with? We may be encircled by gloom but music gives us a chance to throw what Meredith calls "that faint thin line upon the shore". ... Beethoven is a man at war with himself but a man who is determined to win.'

There will be no interval