Beethoven’s primary concern in his radiant Mass in C major was ‘not God or princes, but the human being entering the church.’ A combination of spirituality and humanity can be felt in almost every bar of the piece, which treated the text and sentiments of the Mass as they had never been treated before. The result is a humble, beautiful contemplation of the divine, invested with Beethoven’s innovating, symphonic designs – one of his most unusual and touching works, and a fitting tribute to the composer himself, two-and-a-half centuries on from his birth.
Greek-American conductor Peter Tiboris is at the helm of the Orchestra for a concert which also includes Beethoven’s great concert aria Ah! perfido.
Beethoven Die Weihe des Hauses Overture, Op. 124
Beethoven Ah! perfido, Op. 65*
Beethoven Mass in C major, Op. 86
Eilana Lappalainen soprano*
Soloists to be announced
Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple chorus director
Peter Tiboris conductor
Full price: £15, £28, £38, £48
Students from £5
Doors open at 19:00 ready for a 19:30 start
Duration: 1 Hour 50 Minutes