The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle: Mass in C

Thursday 22 November 2012 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0603

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Olari Elts conductor
Anna Leese soprano
Kai Rüütel mezzo
Robert Murray tenor
Stephan Loges bass
CBSO Chorus

Haydn: Te Deum 12′
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 (London) 29′
Beethoven: Mass in C 45′ Listen on Spotify

“What do I care for your wretched violin?” demanded Ludwig van Beethoven. “I am speaking to my God.” And whatever your beliefs, there’s always something profoundly inspiring about hearing one of the greatest creative minds in history tackling the biggest questions in human existence. Olari Elts conducts our world-famous Chorus in Beethoven’s noble, heartfelt Mass in C – but not before a ringing shout of joy from the happiest religious composer of all time, Beethoven’s teacher Joseph “Papa” Haydn.

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Sponsored by BarclaysThe Birmingham Beethoven Cycle is being supported by Barclays and through the generosity of Miss Brant, a lifelong supporter of the CBSO who died recently.

Review by Neil Fisher, The Times (£)

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Review by David Hart, Birmingham Post:

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…     “Beethoven’s Mass in C, though, benefited from an almost minimal approach, its symbolism and fleeting drama more potently engaged by being understated.

It also sounded surprisingly beautiful (not least in the gentle opening Kyrie and when the same music is reprised in the final bars of the Agnus Dei) with soprano top notes of silvery lightness, punchy fugues that were never laboured, and a refreshing absence of making an ‘effect.’ ”      …




Review by Diane Parkes, BehindTheArras:

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…     “Conducted by Olari Elits CBSO, the four soloists and the CBSO Chorus were perfectly aligned to take us through the varying emotions of the Mass.

Beethoven’s work was performed alongside two pieces by one of his predecessor at the Esterhazy court – Haydn.

Keeping to the religious theme, Haydn’s Te Deum is an exuberant and vibrant piece. At just over ten minutes, it encapsulates faith, joy and a hope in the everlasting.”    …