2020 is a year of Beethoven: 16 December will mark the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. Even though there's no need to draw attention to Beethoven with jubilee celebrations, a round number like this one nevertheless offers a good opportunity to pose the question of why we love him so much. Could it be because his works are full of beautiful melodies and we can discover in them an inexhaustible creative imagination. Or because his music, rather than being soothing, stirs us, making us feel like different people after hearing one of his works? Or because we know about his passion-filled life and respected the strength with which he overcame his difficulties? Yes, for all of these reasons.
This concert will feature one of his final mammoth works: the Missa solemnis, which he composed a few years before his death. Although it was written to the text for the traditional Catholic mass, it is no piece of church music, and its dimensions also make it impossible to be performed as part of the church liturgy - just as Beethoven's own religious faith could not be compared to that of ordinary believers. His religion transcended denominations, and his God was the universe itself. For him, ...love meant embracing all of humanity. This idealism appears in his earlier works as well, but is fully developed here. There is no better way to recommend this work to listeners than with the words that Beethoven himself penned at the beginning of the score: 'From the heart - may it return to the heart!'
Presented by: MÁV Symphony Orchestra
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