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    Missa solemnis

    Ludwig van Beethoven
    A season with Beethoven – #LvB250


    Jérémie Rhorer
    Jérémie Rhorer © Jérôme Jouve

    Mari Eriksmoen soprano
    Varduhi Abrahamyan mezzo-soprano
    Mathias Vidal tenor
    Christof Fischesser bass

    Jérémie Rhorer direction
    Le Cercle de l’Harmonie
    Chœur du Conservatoire Darius Milhaud

    Sung in latin

    Beethoven himself claimed on several occasions that the Missa Solemnis was his “best work and finest piece” and it is indeed one of the most fascinating works in the history of music. Its huge proportions, unprecedented complexity, and the extreme demands it makes on choruses, vocal and instrumental soloists (the violin solo in the Benedictus is reminiscent of a concerto), mean that this monumental work has intimidated many a performer. Furtwängler, for example, studied it continuously throughout his life but never conducted it. It was composed between 1818 and 1823, and a partial performance was introduced into the concert at which the musician debuted his Ninth Symphony on 7 May 1824. It is now difficult to imagine the strength required to conduct both of these works in a single session.

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