Carolyn Sampson soprano
Ann Hallenberg alto
Benjamin Hulett tenor
Florian Boesch bass Collegium Vocale Gent
Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Missa solemnis op.123
Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis was regarded by the composer himself as his best work. It shows him at the height of his creative powers, although it never achieved the popularity of his symphonies. Instead of developing musical material in the classical way, Beethoven harked back to Renaissance polyphonic techniques along the lines of Josquin, Palestrina or Ockeghem to write this “symphony with choral accompaniment”. The result is a hugely personal confession of faith and a proclamation of a unique yet universal religious feeling.