Sat 24 Mar, Oxford Town Hall
Built in 1897 to Victorian architecture, the Main Hall seats 730 and the Assembly Room seats 200.
Capacity: 700 - 900
Facilities: No parking facilities..Refreshments sometimes available if arranged by promoter. Disabled access.
Missa Solemnis is one of the great choral masterpieces and Beethoven himself considered it his finest work. It is a towering piece with extraordinary dramatic contrasts in mood – from glorious exaltation and peaceful tranquillity to funereal solemnity and the ominous sounds of war. It was also a deeply personal spiritual expression: on the manuscript Beethoven wrote ‘From the heart – may it return to the heart’.
Completed in 1823, Missa Solemnis takes its name from a tradition of grand settings of the mass but so eclipsed the rest that today the title is used solely for Beethoven’s masterpiece.
Duration: 2 hours 20mins with interval