Sinfonietta Rīga. Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

In the introduction of the score of Missa Solemnis Ludwig van Beethoven wrote: “From the heart, may it go to the heart.“ The composer's directions provide the key to the inconceivable, awe-inspiring dimension of the depth that emanates from the bars of the mighty opus. Those who say that the mass does not fall into any categories are absolutely right. Like the vigorous spring floods, it emerges from the clearly defined shorelines of the liturgy and washes away both the thoughts and the words which usually come to mind when discussing music.

With the Solemn Mass Beethoven not only got closer to the great masters of the Baroque and Renaissance, but also managed to rise even higher - above the Johann Sebastian Bach’s polyphony and over the atmospheric music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. All the threads of the Missa Solemnis will be woven together by the experienced master of the large-scale form, the outstanding Estonian maestro Tenu Kaljuste, commemorating the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven, the course of which was significantly altered by the year of pandemic. To help to implement his grand idea the maestro has invited outstanding allies – Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga, an experienced ensemble of soloists and the State Academic Choir “Latvija” – a true dream ensemble for interpreting the large-scale music of Beethoven.

A valid Covid-19 certificate must be presented when attending the event, confirming that the visitor (including children from age of 12) has completed a full course of vaccination against Covid-19 or has recovered from Covid-19 within last 6 months. The certificate can be downloaded from the website When attending the event, it is mandatory to present an identity document, a personalized ticket and a valid certificate. Please come to the event in time.

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Ludwig van Beethoven “Missa Solemnis” in D major, Op. 123


Yena Choi, soprano
Helen Lepalaan, mezzo-soprano
Oliver Kuusik, tenor
Lisandro Abadie, bass-baritone
Sinfonietta Rīga
State Academic Choir “Latvia”
conductor Tõnu Kaljuste

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