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

20 / 01 / 2017

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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 great Philharmonia Chorus from London, a top class quartet of soloists, and the orchestra on splendid form roused overwhelming emotions.

www.welt.de
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 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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Mahler - Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Vladimir Jurowski
Royal Festival Hall, London, 12 April 2016
13 / 04 / 2016

The Philharmonia Chorus sang with power and passion...
Matthew Rye, https//:bachtrack.com

The choir clinched the Finale with superbly controlled pianissimo singing.
Peter Reed, www.classicalsource.com

The Philharmonia Chorus made a magically hushed entry.
John Allison, The Telegraph

The skilfully controlled quiet entry of the Philharmonia Chorus, very hushed singing by many voices, when it is done as well as this, always creates a special moment.
Barry Creasy, www.musicomh.com

Jurowski led a performance that was remarkably detailed, totally involving, and in the finale positively cataclysmic. The Philharmonia Chorus sang with highly charged fervour.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times

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