Wow – what a performance!
The BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda gave a rousing rendition of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
The only reason I actually got a ticket because I had sung the piece myself in 2008 during the Musikfestspiele in Dresden under Hartmut Haenchen in the Kreuzkirche. I have very fond memories of this piece and I have a certain attachment to the music.
It is fantastically intense piece of music and what a job the BBC Phil did! Noseda was getting everything out of them…. The playing was simple mesmerising, such variety in expressions and musical colour. The combined forces of Halle Choir and Manchester Chamber Choir were equally brilliant – the dynamics were absolutely astounding! Throw the majestic organ at Royal Albert Hall in the mix and you are certainly in for an absolute treat! I had a few goosebumps during the performance.
The soloists Camilla Nylund, Birgit Remmert, Stuart Skelton and Hanno Mueller-Brachmann were an outstanding class themselves! Skelton was a total revelation and had a powerful, yet incredibly expressive tenor voice with such a warmth to it. Nylund I recognise from Dresden opera programmes and her voice just radiates an incredible affection and a shine in the intonation.
Noseda certainly enjoyed the concert himself and was pleased with the performers – sending a little hand kiss to the soloist after the Sanctus. His captivating presence left the audience transfixed! The audience was surprisingly well behaved – no applause in between the movements – keeping the tension in the air and the listeners electrified!
One very unique concert and memorable experience leaving one a little speechless…