Nikolaus Harnoncourt leading the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2010 - HIROYUKI ITO/GETTY IMAGES

Beethoven’s Missa solemnis

Beethoven

Missa solemnis

Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Ruth Ziesak (soprano)
Bernarda Fink (alto)
Herbert Lippert (tenor)
Neal Davies (bass)

Nikolous Harnoncourt (conductor)


Finding the terror alongside the spiritual awe, the questioning doubt as well as the faith, Beethoven’s mighty Missa solemnis is a work of visceral power – a public statement of intensely private belief. ‘From the heart – may it return to the heart!,’ the composer wrote at the top of a score that stretched the proportions and ambitions of the orchestral Mass to new limits.

A work close to Harnoncourt’s heart, the Missa solemnis was also the work he conducted in his final public performance before retiring in December 2015. Experience the raw intensity of his account here with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Arnold Schoenberg Choir at the 1998 BBC Proms.

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This performance was taken from the BBC Proms in on 11th September 1998 – one year before the Classical Source was born.

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