Ludwig van Beethoven
The work is grandiose: in terms of its scale, complexity and exacting standards. A fascinating musical masterpiece.
Genia Kühmeier | soprano
Wiebke Lehmkuhl | mezzo-soprano
Steve Davislim | tenor
Matthias Goerne | baritone
Andrés Orozco-Estrada | direction
Orchestre National de France
Chœur de Radio France | direction Martina Batič
Sung in Latin
Beethoven himself repeatedly said that the Missa Solemnis was his "best work, his greatest work". And in fact, it is one of the most fascinating pieces in the history of music. Of vast proportions, unbelievably complex and extremely demanding for choirs, vocal and instrumental soloists (the solo violin part of the Benedictus resembles a real concerto), this monumental work has intimidated many performers (Furtwängler, for example, studied it relentlessly throughout his life without ever conducting it!). Composed between 1818 and 1823, it was partially premiered on May 7, 1824 during the concert where the musician performed his Ninth Symphony for the first time. It is hard to imagine today the strength it takes to conduct such a duo in the same evening.
COPRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Radio France
France Musique broadcasts this concert.