Cappella Andrea Barca | Balthasar Neumann Choir (Detlef Bratschke Chorus Master) | András Schiff conductor | Ruth Ziesak soprano | Britta Schwarz alto | Werner Güra tenor | Robert Holl bass
Ludwig van Beethoven [masked])
Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123
With the Missa Solemnis, which he himself considered his “greatest work,” Ludwig van Beethoven created a work that baffled the expectations of opposite camps. Traditionalists believed they had to safeguard the Church from such heretical music, while progressives could not understand why Beethoven would squander his art on such antiquated rituals as composing a Mass. Protestants complained about the typically Catholic display of splendor, while Catholics in turn did the same about its theatrical character and ability to “distract” the orthodox listener “from the altar.” Sacred music as a sacrilege? It’s no coincidence that Beethoven’s sublime Mass has found its home in the concert hall, where it is universally admired as a profession in sound of exuberant expressive power – a work that can terrify and stir the emotions, while at the same time offering comfort and bliss like few other examples of Western music. “From the heart – may it return to the heart!” So Beethoven inscribed in the first part of the score. András Schiff, his Cappella Andrea Barca, the Balthasar Neumann Choir, and four first-rate soloists will ensure that this wish is fulfilled.
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