BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Joélle Harvey soprano
Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano
Toby Spence tenor
Luca Pisaroni bass-baritone
London Symphony Chorus*
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra
Part of the 2017/18 season
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts chorus and orchestra in the vast creation that Beethoven considered his greatest achievement – the Missa Solemnis.
During his final decade, Beethoven spent four years working on the Missa Solemnis, pouring his deep spiritual convictions into this commanding setting of the traditional Mass. It remains one of his most inspiring yet challenging works, with brilliant fugues and majestic, evocative choruses.
Michael Tilson Thomas has visited the Missa Solemnis frequently in recent years. ‘As in a cathedral,’ he says, ‘different chapels are dedicated to different spiritual territories. Some are majestic, some intimate, some symphonic or even operatic.’ Here, with the LSO and LSC, he brings the work to life once again, with the aim of illuminating this challenging masterpiece in new ways, ‘allowing us to better follow the streams of Beethoven’s thought’.
*LSO Sing is supported by Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement, John S Cohen Foundation, Barnett & Sylvia Shine No 2 Charitable Trust, Slaughter and May Charitable Trust and LSO Friends