Beethoven considered it to be his greatest work. Michael Tilson Thomas calls it “one of Beethoven’s supreme creations.” Experience how MTT reimagines the composer’s epic masterpiece in a new telling of Beethoven’s most personal and profound piece.
These performances are a co-production with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Image provided by Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Please note there is no intermission.
San Francisco Symphony
Cameron Jaye Mock
Emily Anne MacDonald
Missa solemnis [semi-staged]
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
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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.