Preview: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir wrestles with the beast that is Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

John Terauds – Musical Toronto blog

On Wednesday night, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, soloists, orchestra and conductor Noel Edison perform one of the monuments of early 19th century choral music, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. The performance reminded me yet again of what a monster this piece is. Beethoven spent four years writing, finishing it in 1823 (he died in 1827).

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