Missa Solemnis


  • Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Performed by Marlis Petersen (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (contralto), Werner Güra (tenor) and Gerald Finley (bass), with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Choir, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt

This is a stunning performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Ludwig van Beethoven worked on the Missa solemnis between 1819 and 1823. It was first performed on the 7th of April 1824 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

However, despite its recognition as one of Beethoven’s great works from the height of his composing career, Missa solemnis has not achieved the same level of popular success that many of his symphonies, sonatas, and chamber music have achieved. It is possible that this is so because it is a religious work, but why speculate–

Here is Leonard Bernstein and the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis:



And next, here is an interpretation by Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli:



Tags: Beethoven, Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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