Orchestre des Champs-Élysées – Collegium Vocale Gent – Philippe Herreweghe conductor – Eleanor Lyons soprano – Sophie Harmsen mezzo-soprano – Patrick Grahl tenor – Tobias Berndt bass
Missa solemnis, op. 123 Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven explained the purpose of his substantial mass, the Missa solemnis; “My aim in this composition for this huge mass is both to stir and constantly preserve the religious emotions of both the singers and the listeners.” He slogged away for four years on the construction of this cathedral of sound and delivered, without question, one of the most monumental masses in western music. Beethoven had every reason for regarding this mass as his magnum opus. Collegium Vocale Gent, which turns fifty this year, offers you the opportunity to indulge in this masterpiece, with the support of several top soloists.