In 1819, the year Raffles landed in Singapore, Beethoven wrote the first notes of Missa Solemnis. A grand setting of Mass, the work is considered one of the composer’s greatest achievements at the height of his career, a point in his life when Beethoven was practically completely deaf. The great composer never got a chance to hear his work, and on the opening page wrote “From the heart – may it return to the heart”.
This May, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra will perform this grand choral statement of conviction in the final concert of their 2018/19 season. The concert will be directed by famed Japanese maestro Masaaki Suzuki, last seen conducting the SSO in Mozart’s Requiem in April 2017. Since founding the Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on sacred choral music, especially the works of Bach.
The SSO will also be joined by renowned international singers, including the soprano Rachel Nicholls, mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland, tenor James Gilchrist and baritone Christian Immler, and backed by the Singapore Symphony Chorus, promising a sacred, spiritual, sonic experience celebrating one of the very best works from a legendary composer.
Missa Solemnis · Masaaki Suzuki plays at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 10th May 2019. Tickets available from the Esplanade