Of all his own works, Beethoven admired one more than any other: his grand solemn mass in music, the Missa solemnis. When the composer started to write the piece in 1819, he sensed a new energy flowing through him. Four years later, on specially enlarged sheets of paper, he had succeeded in setting down his musical vision of the divine using every means of sonic imagery available to him. Brought to life, Beethoven’s score represents his most intense and uplifting live concert experience.
Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra for this performance with stunning soloists and the BBC Symphony Chorus.
*Please note that Richard Farnes has had to withdraw from this performance for personal reasons. We are grateful to Donald Runnicles for stepping in.
*Please note Brindley Sherratt has also had to withdraw from this performance and we are grateful to Roderick Williams for taking his place.