23.11.18 Le Concert Olympique


Floriane Schroetter


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CR Le Concert Olympique


Memorial Concert - Centenary of the end of World War I

Friday, 23.11.2018, 20:00, Berliner Philharmonie

 L. v. BEETHOVEN, Missa Solemnis in D Major, op. 123

Malin Hartelius, soprano
Dame Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
Steve Davislim, tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann, bariton

Le Concert Olympique
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Jan Caeyers, conductor

Introduction with Dieter Rexroth at 7pm in the Hermann-Woll-Saal

It took Beethoven nearly four years (from April 1819 to January 1823) to compose the Missa solemnis, which he called “the greatest work I have written to date.” Even taking into account that the work was interrupted multiple times – to write the three Piano Sonatas op. 109–111 an the Diabelli Variations, for instance, and also owing to serious illness – it is clear that it cost him a tremendous amount of mental energy to contend with the extraordinary scale of this masterpiece. Given this context,one could almost consider the later marketing of the Missa – a combination of mercenary creativity and charlatanry – as compensation for the tremendous temporal and compositional constraints under which the work was created.

Under the high patronage of the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Belgian King, Philippe I

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