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 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
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
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.
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 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
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