Turku Philharmonic Orchestar performs Ludwig van Beethoven´s Mass in C major on 30th of March at 6 pm in the Turku Cathedral. We will also hear Beethoven´s choir cantata Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt in the concert. Soprano Kaisa Ranta, mezzo-soprano Niina Keitel, tenor Topi Lehtipuu and bass Nicholas Söderlund star as soloists. Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis and Philharmonischer Chor Köln will sing the glorious choir parts. dward Ananian-Cooper conducts the Philharmonics.
About the Mass:
In 1807, Prince Esterházy commissioned Beethoven to write a mass. The annual task of writing a new mass used to be Haydn’s job, so Beethoven took the assignment seriously and was ultimately very pleased with the end result; the Prince, not so much. Rarely performed, Beethoven’s Mass in C major is a bold setting for its era – handsome, emotional and rich in sonority.