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Intense. Extraordinary. Massive. But boring?! Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

Tue Oct 25 2011

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Now time for some music by Felix Mendelssohn's good friend, Prince Albert (i.e. Queen Victoria's husband).… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


On 4 November we’re collaborating with the Philharmonia Chorus to perform Beethoven’s epic Missa Solemnis in a concert which is given in memory of Sir Charles Mackerras, who was both President of the Philharmonia Chorus and an Emeritus Conductor of the OAE.


The other week we caught up with players from the Orchestra to find out more about this relatively rarely performed piece. It seems that not everyone loves it…but there’s only one way to find out for yourself – come!


Find out more about the concert here.


  • I agree with Tony Robson.It just goes over my head and I can ‘t find a connection with it.I thought it was just me,being unenlightened..Love his comment at the very end,though.Very funny.

    Jackie Harding Wed Oct 26 2011
  • Jane Cowan (cellist) told me years ago what a fantastic piece it was, so I got a recording from the library – it left me cold. However, I later heard the recording by Klemperer and understood what she meant. It really spoke to me, very powerful. I look forward to hearing Noseda’s reading of the work.

    Di Allison Sat Oct 29 2011
  • It’s a sublime work, straining the resources of musical expression. Lucky those who get to hear it, all too seldom.

    Brian Vickers Sat Oct 29 2011