Season Finale: Beethoven's Missa solemnis

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Alan Gilbert, Music Director Alan Gilbert, Music Director (Hayley Sparks)

Alan Gilbert brings to a close his first season as the New York Philharmonic’s music director with a program that, like his season-opening concert of Messiaen, Berlioz, and Magnus Lindberg, distinctly blends old and new.

The program opens with the world premiere of Al Largo by Lindberg, the orchestra’s composer-in-residence. The main course is Beethoven's rarely performed late choral masterpiece Missa Solemnis. Joining the orchestra are the singers Christine Brewer, Jane Henschel, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Eric Owens, assisted by the New York Choral Artists.

Thursday, June 24 at 9 p.m.

Program details

Magnus Lindberg: Al largo  (World Premiere: New York Philharmonic Commission)
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Alan Gilbert, conductor

Comments [2]


1. Yes, Beethoven was a genius
2. This is heavy, interminable, boring music that never ends.
3. Even geniuses, even serious geniuses, can be too serious sometimes.

Give it a rest.

Jun. 24 2010 10:59 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

We are indeed lucky to have a maestro such as Alan Gilbert, whose programming includes so wide a landscape as to please those concerned to hear the great masterpieces of the past as well as the music of our own times. Like Gustav Mahler, Bruno Walter and Leonard Bernstein, great conductors of the NY Philharmonic, he is a champion of worthy musical causes. Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" requires an ensemble of performers beyond the normal performing organization's true capacity. Though some may consider Beethoven's vocal writing as not up to his instrumental genius, it is undeniable that his approach was instinctively musical and not requiring story line description.
Beethoven was both a classicist and romantic.

Jun. 24 2010 12:19 PM

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