It is one of Beethoven's last works, and considered by the composer his greatest. He labored over it for five years, then wrote on the completed score, "From the heart; may it go to the heart!" Michael Tilson Thomas reimagines Beethoven's epic Missa solemnis in semi-staged performances, featuring video, in a new telling of perhaps the composer's most personal and profound statement.
These performances are a co-production with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
San Francisco Symphony
Missa solemnis [semi-staged]
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.
Read a Review
On the SF Symphony's May 2013 performance of Missa solemnis, Elijah Ho of the SF Examiner writes, "With Ragnar Bohlin directing the Symphony Chorus – a tenor section that was formidably brilliant – the music evoked celestial images and conjured warm, profound feelings of humanity. Tilson Thomas’ immaculate sense of proportion, space and grandeur, was arresting in the opening Kyrie; the beautifully woven textures and rhythmic verve revealed a wondrous musicianship, and many were seen shaking their heads in astonishment over the treatment of the Credo." Read the full review at SF Examiner.com.