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Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123

Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs, RIAS Kammerchor, Steve Davislim, Johannes Weisser, Sophie Harmsen and Polina Pastirchak

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Faced with the plethora of Beethoven recordings released in 2020, we expect more from some than from others, and this applies to this Missa Solemnis. An absolute masterpiece of Western music, it is conducted by René Jacobs, whose recent recording of Leonore (the first version of the opera Fidelio by the same Beethoven) conquered the musical world.

Composed in 1824, the Missa, "a rough and uncomfortable work that leaves no room for narcissism in the singers" according to René Jacobs (and he would know what he is talking about!) is an older sister to the Ninth Symphony which shares the same faith in man over divinity. Recorded in Berlin in May 2019, this version packs as intense a gut-punch as a live concert.


The understated and profound Kyrie brings shadow and meditation. Then, a surging explosive Gloria, a stirring call for peace and brotherhood, from the heart of all humanity presses this splendid performance onward. Without doubt, the RIAS Kammerchor has added one more stone to an edifice of recordings of the highest quality. In addition we are treated to an instrumental finale rarely heard and four soloists who contribute to the expressive power of the whole. All of Beethoven is here, with his idealism, his tenderness, and also his way of hammering out peace with mighty blows. As Goethe would have said “He would squash a fly with a rock”. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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1
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Kyrie "Kyrie eleison" - "Christie eleison" - "Kyrie eleison"
00:08:43

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

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2
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Gloria "Gloria in excelsis Deo"
00:02:59

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

3
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Gloria "Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam"
00:02:32

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

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Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Gloria "Qui tollis peccata mundi"
00:02:27

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

5
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Gloria "Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris"
00:02:36

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

6
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Gloria "Quoniam tu solus Sanctus"
00:06:37

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

7
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Credo "Credo in umum Deum"
00:03:44

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

8
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Credo "Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto"
00:04:46

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

9
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Credo "Et resurrexit tertia die"
00:02:48

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

10
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Credo "Et vitam venturi sæculi"
00:06:00

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

11
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Sanctus "Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth" - "Hosanna in excelsis"
00:03:35

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

12
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Sanctus. Präludium
00:01:24

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

13
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Benedictus "Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini" - "Hosanna in excelsis"
00:09:36

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

14
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Agnus Dei "Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi"
00:06:41

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

15
Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Agnus Dei "Dona nobis pacem"
00:07:26

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Liturgical, Lyricist - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Steve Davislim, Soloist, MainArtist - Johannes Weisser, Soloist, MainArtist - Sophie Harmsen, Soloist, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, Soloist, MainArtist

2021 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

Album Description

Faced with the plethora of Beethoven recordings released in 2020, we expect more from some than from others, and this applies to this Missa Solemnis. An absolute masterpiece of Western music, it is conducted by René Jacobs, whose recent recording of Leonore (the first version of the opera Fidelio by the same Beethoven) conquered the musical world.

Composed in 1824, the Missa, "a rough and uncomfortable work that leaves no room for narcissism in the singers" according to René Jacobs (and he would know what he is talking about!) is an older sister to the Ninth Symphony which shares the same faith in man over divinity. Recorded in Berlin in May 2019, this version packs as intense a gut-punch as a live concert.


The understated and profound Kyrie brings shadow and meditation. Then, a surging explosive Gloria, a stirring call for peace and brotherhood, from the heart of all humanity presses this splendid performance onward. Without doubt, the RIAS Kammerchor has added one more stone to an edifice of recordings of the highest quality. In addition we are treated to an instrumental finale rarely heard and four soloists who contribute to the expressive power of the whole. All of Beethoven is here, with his idealism, his tenderness, and also his way of hammering out peace with mighty blows. As Goethe would have said “He would squash a fly with a rock”. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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