Christ on the Mount of Olives
Ludwig van Beethoven
A rare and powerful work by Beethoven, combined with the Solemn Mass by Berlioz.
Jérémie Rhorer © Elodie Crebassa
Vannina Santoni © Raphael Paoletti
Marita Solberg soprano
Daniel Behle tenor
Jean-Sébastien Bou baritone
Jérémie Rhorer direction
Le Cercle de l’Harmonie
Beethoven composed his only oratorio in just two weeks in the summer of 1801 and devoted it to Christ on the Mount of Olives. It was performed in Vienna on 5 April 1803, along with his Second Symphony and Piano Concerto No. 3 in a single concert! A series of dramatic scenes tell the story of the events leading up to the crucifixion, alternating between recitative, arias, duets, trios and vocal ensembles. This neglected work is not short on grandeur and emotion in the hands of Jérémie Rhorer, who first performed it in 2013 at the Festival de Saint-Denis. For this new performance at the avenue Montaigne, he has chosen to combine it with the Solemn Mass by Berlioz. This is also a youthful work which the musician claimed to have burned, but which was found in the early 1990s. This is fortunate as the young musician’s early piece already offers evidence of mature writing for both orchestra and choir.
Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Sung in German and latinwith French subtitles