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BBC SSO - Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, international soloists, Edinburgh Festival Chorus and chief conductor Donald Runnicles perform Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis is the supreme spiritual vision of one of the greatest creative artists who ever lived: an intimate self-portrait of a human soul, profoundly beautiful and almost unbearably moving. Beethoven's complex attitude to God is far from straightforward, and for the Missa Solemnis he immersed himself in an intensive study of religious music of the past, from monastic chants to Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem, and the result is some of the most stirring, audacious and touchingly humane religious music ever written. Completed in 1823 after four years' work, he inscribed it 'From the heart - let it go to the heart' perhaps as a personal message to its dedicatee, or perhaps as a message to greater humanity.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles are joined by four international soloists and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.

Presented by Jamie MacDougall, live from the City Halls in Glasgow.

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
(no interval)

Kim-Lillian Strebel (soprano)
Stephanie Lauricella (mezzo-soprano)
John Daszak (tenor)
Nathan Berg (bass-baritone)
Edinburgh Festival Chorus (chorus master Christopher Bell)
Donald Runnicles (conductor)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

2 hours, 30 minutes


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