AMPAG, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Melbourne Symphony Orchestra:Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

August 2016

Fri 26 

08:00 PM

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Hamer Hall Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Rd

MelbourneVIC

 
 

Sir Andrew, with a lifetime of music behind him, conducts Missa solemnis for the first time with forces fit to do it justice.

BeethovenMissa solemnis

Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Susan Gritton soprano
Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples tenor
John Relyea bass-baritone
MSO Chorus

The late, great German maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch took many years before he conducted Beethoven’s monumentalMissa solemnis. ‘I haven’t found the right key to open it,’ he said. It has also taken MSO Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis a long time to unlock the dramatic and technical complexities of Beethoven’s greatest and most technically challenging choral work. Sir Andrew, with a lifetime of music behind him, finally comes to the Missa solemnis for the first time with forces fit to do it justice: the MSO at full strength, four international soloists — soprano Susan Gritton, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Andrew Staples, and bass-baritone John Relyea — and the might of the marvellous MSOChorus, whose extended role, almost as another instrument, is truly demanding. It is said that Beethoven laboured harder on theMissa solemnis than any other work in his career; for him, it was carving the music from granite. Performances of it are all too rare.

Concert details:

Friday 26 August at 8pm
Saturday 27 August at 8pm

Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

To book:

Call 03 9929 9600 or visitwww.mso.com.au/missa-solemnis