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Beethoven 9 with Benjamin Zander

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On Saturday 18 March the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No.9 'Choral' at the Royal Festival Hall, London. The Chorus joined soprano Rebecca Evans, mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon, tenor Robert Murray and bass Derek Welton. The Philharmonia Orchestra was be conducted by Benjamin Zander.

This concert followed a studio recording of Beethoven's 9th symphony at Watford Colosseum on Saturday 11 March.


Ein deutsches Requiem in Cambridge

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On Good Friday 14 April, the Philharmonia Chorus will take part in a performance of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

The Chorus will join soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon and baritone Simon Keenleyside, and the BBC Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Stephen Cleobury. The concert forms part of the 2017 Easter at King's Festival.

The performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.


Missa Solemnis in the Elbphilharmonie

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The Philharmonia Chorus was proud to have taken part in the opening festival of Hamburg's new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie.

On Tuesday 17 January, the Chorus joined soprano Camilla Nylund, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and bass Luca Pisaroni in a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. The Hamburger Symphoniker was conducted by Sir Jeffrey Tate. The Chorus is shown above performing in the Elbphilharmonie, in a photograph taken by J Konrad Schmidt. German TV coverage of the rehearsal in the Elbphilharmonie can be seen here

The Elbphilharmonie, designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, is in the Hafen City quarter of Hamburg, and it sits on top of an old warehouse building, with spectacular views of the harbour. You can see what a spectacular hall the Elbphilharmonie is here.

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Recent Reviews

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Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral'
Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander
Royal Festival Hall, London, 18 March 2018
19 / 03 / 2017

...this was singing of the highest quality, powerful, controlled, overwhelming
Anthony Hodgson, www.classicalsource.com

The Chorus was staggeringly good throughout.
Colin Clarke, http://seenandheard-international.com

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Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
Hamburger Symphoniker conducted by Sir Jeffrey Tate
Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, 17 January 2017
20 / 01 / 2017

Above the introductory Kyrie in his Missa Solemnis Beethoven wrote that it should speak from one heart to another. This wish was fulfilled in the first concert given by Sir Jeffrey Tate and the Hamburger Symphoniker in the Elbphilharmonie. The music sang and breathed, although often challenged by hall's to some extent problematic acoustic, obstinate and dry. It reached the soul, comforting and shattering at the same time. The rest of the audience probably felt the same – for a long time they dared not applaud, and then broke the inner tension with great waves of rejoicing. The substantial Philharmonia Chorus from London, a top class quartet of soloists, and the orchestra on splendid form roused overwhelming emotions.

Die Welt
19 January 2017

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Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
Orquesta de Valencia conducted by Yaron Traub
Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música, Valencia, 3 December 2016
5 / 12 / 2016

The splendid Philharmonia Chorus marked the highest points of the night. It is precisely the choral component that is the most essential part of the work, here remarkably performed by the 110 voices of the celebrated London chorus, prepared by its director the great Stefan Bevier. They were, by far, the best thing of the concert. All their interventions moved in excellence. From the brilliant Kyrie and Gloria to the internalized and finely tuned Agnus Dei, which closes the great Beethovenian Mass, or to the ardent Credo in unum Deum, the British chorus raised quality and artistry to the highest levels.

The applause increased with deserved clamour whenever the Stefan Bevier raised his exceptional chorus. What a chorus!

Justo Romero, Levante - El Mercantil Valenciano

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Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
Orquesta de Valencia conducted by Yaron Traub
Auditorio de la Diputación, Alicante, 2 December 2016
4 / 12 / 2016

The Israeli director was lucky enough to rise to this occasion with a sensational choir, the Philharmonia Chorus, one of the most prestigious in Europe since the legendary Otto Klemperer, producer Walter Legge and the great Wagnerian choir master Wilhelm Pitz jointly found it in 1957. Prepared for this occasion by its director Stefan Bevier, the other major contributor to this excellent concert, they managed to create a feeling of incessant tension, even in the quietest passages, with which Beethoven wanted to bring the maximum choral expression to his musical ideas.
José Antonio Cantón, El Mundo

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Concerts & Recordings

  • Tue 17 Jan 2017 8:00PM

    Beethoven - Missa Solemnis

    Camilla Nylund - soprano
    Sarah Connolly - mezzo-soprano
    Klaus Florian Vogt - tenor
    Luca Pisaroni - bass
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Hamburger Symphoniker
    conducted by Sir Jeffrey Tate

    Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

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  • Sat 11 Mar 2017

    Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral'

    Rebecca Evans - soprano
    Patricia Bardon - mezzo-soprano
    Robert Murray - tenor
    Derek Welton - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Benjamin Zander

    Recording at Watford Colosseum

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  • Sat 18 Mar 2017 7:30PM

    Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral'

    Rebecca Evans - soprano
    Patricia Bardon - mezzo-soprano
    Robert Murray - tenor
    Derek Welton - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Benjamin Zander

    Royal Festival Hall, London

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  • Fri 14 Apr 2017 7:30PM

    Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem

    Sarah-Jane Brandon - soprano
    Simon Keenlyside - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    conducted by Stephen Cleobury

    Chapel of King's College Cambridge
    Easter at King's Festival

    BBC Radio 3 live relay

    Chapel of King's College Cambridge

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  • Fri 28 Apr 2017 7:30PM

    Mahler - Symphony No.8

    Special concert marking the 30th Anniversary of the Palau de la Música

    Riccarda Merbeth - soprano
    Julia Novikova - soprano
    Ofelia Sala - soprano
    Theresa Kronthaler - mezzo-soprano
    Nicolai Schukoff - tenor
    José Antonio López - baritone
    bass - TBC

    Coro de la Generlitat Valencia
    Philharmonia Chorus

    Orquesta de Valencia
    conducted by Yaron Traub

    Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música, Valencia

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  • Sat 3 Jun 2017 7:30PM

    Grand Opera Gala

    Natasha Jouhl - soprano
    Peter Auty - tenor
    David Kemster - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Stefan Bevier

    Royal Festival Hall, London

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  • Thu 31 Aug 2017 8:00PM

    Music from the English Musical Renaissance

    Philharmonia Chorus
    Thomas Frank - organ
    conducted by Stefan Bevier

    2017 Rheingau Festival

    Marktkirche, Wiesbaden

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  • Sat 2 Sep 2017 7:00PM

    Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius

    Elisabeth DeShong - mezzo-soprano
    Brenden Gunnell - tenor
    Markus Eiche - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Hamburger Symphoniker
    conducted by Sir Jeffrey Tate

    Closing concert of the 2017 Rheingau Festival

    Kloster Eberbach, Eltville am Rhein

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  • Sun 5 Nov 2017 7:30PM

    Walton - Belshazzar's Feast

    Philharmonia Chorus 60th Anniversary Concert

    Roland Wood - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Edward Gardner

    Royal Festival Hall, London

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  • Sun 25 Mar 2018 3:00PM

    Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem

    Elsa Dreisig - soprano
    Michael Kraus - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Karl-Heinz Steffens

    Royal Festival Hall, London

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