Missa Solemnis in Spain
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.
Missa Solemnis in the Elbphilharmonie
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 Jeffrey Tate.
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.
The Philharmonia Chorus took part in the world première of Amadeus Live! at the Royal Albert Hall at 7pm on Friday 14 October, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the orchestra that recorded the original soundtrack, conducted by Ludwig Wicki. This performance marked the beginning of a world tour.
Amadeus (1984), directed by Miloš Forman and written by Sir Peter Shaffer, tells the scintillating story of the rivalry between vindictive composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), and petulant genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). The film was named one of the American Film Institute’s best 100 movies of the century, and remains one of the most beloved movies of all time.
You can hear Sir Neville Marriner, Simon Callow and Ludwig Wicki talk about the music and the making of Amadeus here.
Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
Orquesta de Valencia conducted by Yaron TraubIturbi 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
Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
Orquesta de Valencia conducted by Yaron TraubAuditorio de la Diputación, Alicante, 2 December 2016
4 / 12 / 2016
The Israeli director was fortunate to have a great chorus, the Philharmonia Chorus, one of the most prestigious in Europe since the legendary Otto Klemperer, producer Walter Legge and the great Wagnerian choirmaster Wilhelm Pitz shared the initiative to found it in 1957. On this occasion they were prepared by Chorus Master Stefan Bevier, the other great individual responsible for the goodness of this concert. He was able to imprint that feeling of incessant tension, even in the faintest passages, with which Beethoven wanted to take his musical idea to the maximum choral expression.
José Antonio Cantón, El Mundo
Mozart - Don Giovanni
Orchestra of Classical Opera conducted by Ian PageCadogan 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
Orff - Carmina Burana
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles DutoitRoyal 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