Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis op.123


1 CD 

Classical Music 

Harmonia Mundi

11 August 2022

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123


Steve Davislim (Tenor), Johannes Weisser (Baritone), Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo-Soprano), Polina Pasztircsák (Soprano)

RIAS Kammerchor

Freiburger Barockorchester
René Jacobs (Conductor)

Written between 1818 and 1823, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis was the result of intensive theological and musical research in the library of it’s dedicatee, Archduke Rudolph of Austria. It is, in Beethoven’s own view, his most ambitious composition. On this recording, René Jacobs shows us that it is also his loftiest. This is the work of a composer with deeply held religious sentiments and profound tenderness for humanity, so confident in his artistry that he could create that which goes beyond liturgical form and expresses in musical terms the universality of divine transcendence.

Jacobs penetrates to the heart of the music with his customary insight and intelligence, though not without adding an enigma or two of his own…Jacobs is superb not only at communicating the music’s visceral excitement, but also at plumbing its emotional depths – not least in his deeply moving account of the Miserere. — BBC Music Magazine, April 2021