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Missa Solemnis in the Elbphilharmonie

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The Philharmonia Chorus is proud to be taking part in the opening festival of Hamburg's new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie.

On Tuesday 17 January, the Chorus will join soprano Camilla Nylund, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and bass Luca Pisaroni in a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Sir Jeffrey Tate. The Chorus is shown above rehearsing in the Elbphilharmonie.

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.


Sir Jeffrey Tate

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The Philharmonia Chorus was delighted to hear that Jeffrey Tate was knighted in the New Year's Honours for services to music overseas. Jeffrey Tate is one of the most renowned and versatile conductors of his generation, and has conducted all the major orchestras in the world.

He has twice received the prestigious Italian Music Critic Prize, the Premio Franco Abbiati, and has been awarded a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and a Chevalier of Arts et Lettres in France. In 1990 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire. Sir Jeffrey became the President of the Philharmonia Chorus in 2012.


Missa Solemnis in Spain

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The Philharmonia Chorus has taken part in two performances of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Spain, with soprano Simona Šaturová, mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Kulman, tenor Sung Min Song, and bass Daniel Kotlinski. The Orquesta de Valencia was conducted by Yaron Traub.

The first performance took place on Friday 2 December in the Auditorio de la Diputación, Alicante, and the second on Saturday 3 December in the Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música in Valencia.

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Recent Reviews

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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 Coro Philharmonia of London 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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Mozart - Don Giovanni
Orchestra of Classical Opera conducted by Ian Page
Cadogan Hall, London, 17 June 2016
19 / 06 / 2016

The Philharmonia Chorus made Zerlina and Masetto's friends suitably charming, whilst being dark-voice demons at the end.
Robert Hugill, www.planethugill.com

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Orff - Carmina Burana
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit
Royal Festival Hall, London, 31 May 2016
1 / 06 / 2016

What a splendid job Stefan Bevier has done with the Philharmonia Chorus, here unanimous, lusty, charismatic, candid..'
Colin Anderson, www.classicalsource.com

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Concerts & Recordings

  • Tue 31 May 2016 7:30PM

    Orff - Carmina Burana

    Erin Wall - soprano
    Nicholas Phan - tenor
    Rodion Pogossov - baritone
    New London Children's Choir
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    conducted by Charles Dutoit

    Royal Festival Hall, London

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  • Fri 17 Jun 2016 7:30PM

    Mozart - Don Giovanni (concert performance)

    Don Giovanni - Jacques Imbrailo
    Leporello - Darren Jeffrey
    Donna Anna - Ana Maria Labin
    Donna Elvira - Helen Sherman
    Don Ottavio - Stuart Jackson
    Zerlina - Ellie Laugharne
    Masetto - Bradley Travis
    Commendatore - David Shipley
    Philharmonia Chorus
    The Orchestra of Classical Opera
    conducted by Ian Page

    Cadogan Hall, London

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  • Fri 14 Oct 2016 7:00PM

    Amadeus Live!

    A showing of the film Amadeus with live music
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Academy of St Martin's in the Fields
    conducted by Ludwig Wicki

    World première

    Royal Albert Hall, London

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  • Fri 2 Dec 2016 8:00PM

    Beethoven - Missa Solemnis

    Simona Šaturová - soprano
    Elisabeth Kulman - mezzo-soprano
    Sung Min Song - tenor
    Daniel Kotlinski - bass
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Orquesta de Valencia
    conducted by Yaron Traub

    Auditorio de la Diputación de Alicante

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  • Sat 3 Dec 2016 7:30PM

    Beethoven - Missa Solemnis

    Simona Šaturová - soprano
    Elisabeth Kulman - mezzo-soprano
    Sung Min Song - tenor
    Daniel Kotlinski - bass
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Orquesta de Valencia
    conducted by Yaron Traub

    Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música, Valencia

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  • Fri 16 Dec 2016 7:30PM

    Christmas with King’s College, Cambridge

    Jennifer France - soprano
    Choir of King's College, Cambridge
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Stephen Cleobury

    Royal Albert Hall, London

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  • 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
    Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
    conducted by Sir Jeffrey Tate

    Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

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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
    Alfred Walker - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Benjamin Zander

    Royal Festival Hall, London

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  • Fri 28 Apr 2017 7:30PM

    Mahler - Symphony No.8

    30th Anniversary concert of the Palau de la Música

    Catherine Foster - soprano
    Ofelia Sala - soprano
    soprano - TBC
    Elisabeth Kulman - mezzo-soprano
    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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