Missa solemnis

Missa solemnis

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For the first time, Sir Andrew Davis conducts Beethoven’s greatest and most challenging work.


Herculean, staggering, formidable and rarely heard. Beethoven’s magnificent Missa solemnis is a work of towering proportions that the composer himself thought to be his greatest achievement. In August 2016, Melbourne audiences have a rare treat – Sir Andrew Davis makes his debut conducting this masterpiece, with the forces fit to do it justice: the MSO at full strength, with four international soloists and the heavenly voices of the MSO Chorus.

Beethoven composed Missa Solemnis for the enthronement of his great friend and pupil Archduke Rudolph as Archbishop of Olmütz – completing it three years after the enthronement ceremony. The piece stands alone in Beethoven’s output, both in terms of its spirituality and its scale. A modern critic wrote: ‘To those for whom Beethoven’s music is an important reason for living, the Missa solemnis belongs at the centre of their experience – a work to respect, certainly, but still more to love.’

“Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis leaves you gasping at its monumental nature”– New York Times (2010)