Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Gianandrea Noseda
Royal Festival Hall, London, 4 November 2011
The Philharmonia Chorus brought musicality, assurance and sheer stamina to what must be one of the most gruelling sings in their repertoire. The performance was dedicated to the memory of Charles Mackerras, a much-missed conductor of both chorus and orchestra, and no stranger himself to taking the musical bull that is Beethoven by the horns. He would have been proud.
Erica Jeal, The Guardian
There was much to admire in this OAE performance with a very animated Gianandrea Noseda conducting. He had the advantage of the Philharmonia Chorus, astonishing here, its members fearless – sopranos especially unflinching – in meeting Beethoven's cruel if life-enhancing demands.
Colin Anderson, www.classicalsource.com
To complete this unofficial Beethoven-fest, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performed the Missa Solemnis, vividly conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and gloriously sung by the Philharmonia Chorus.
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
....the chorus magnificent....
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
Frank Martin - Golgotha
BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Stephen Cleobury
Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, 22 April 2011
....it was the austere grandeur of the choral writing, imposingly delivered by the Philharmonia Chorus, that made the biggest impact.
Andrew Clements, The Guardian
Some climaxes almost sent that fan-vaulted ceiling into orbit.
Richard Morrison, The Times
.....the applause, now renewed, for the Philharmonia Chorus, and what a magnificent job they have done tonight.
Catherine Bott, BBC Radio 3