Friday, October 17, 2014

Beethoven: Kyrie (Missa Solemnis)

Sacred music wasn't Beethoven's main interest,but what he did compose was,as we might expect, moving and powerful . . . and simply beautiful.  His Missa Solemnis is from the same time period as his magnificent 9th symphony, at which point he was almost completely deaf (which is to say he probably never actually heard a note of it).

My only complaint about this particular performance is that it is in a concert hall and not a church (well, also that the men are dressed like Soviet apparatchiks). No matter, the few minutes you take to listen to this magnificent Kyrie from one of the all-time greats will be abundantly rewarded.