Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - BRSO

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

September 2021
8:00 pm
Munich, Munich Residence, Herkulessaal
Special concert
September 2021
8:00 pm
Munich, Munich Residence, Herkulessaal
Special concert
September 2021
3:00 pm
Ottobeuren, Basilika
Guest concert


Ludwig van Beethoven
Missa solemnis in D major, op. 123


Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor
Lucy Crowe soprano
Gerhild Romberger alto
Julian Prégardien tenor
Tareq Nazmi bass
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Concert video

Sir John Eliot Gardiner © BR\Astrid Ackermann

Information about the programme

“From the heart, may it again go to the heart.” Thus Beethoven wrote at the head of the Kyrie in his Missa solemnis. Shortly before completing the work he called it the greatest he had ever written. This monumental yet enigmatic masterpiece of sacred music is less a strictly liturgical composition than a vehicle for kindling authentic religious feelings in the listeners. His Mass thus bespeaks a thoroughly Enlightenment view of religion; it also reveals a sense of drama, as when the final plea for peace, “Dona nobis pacem”, is preceded by vivid scenes of war. In John Eliot Gardiner a conductor steps up to the BRSO rostrum who has often plunged into the gigantic cosmos of the Missa solemnis in concerts and recordings, probing the field of tension between faith and emotionalism that goes directly to the heart.

Further concerts

Tue, 7 May, 7:00 pm
Munich, Werksviertel-Mitte, Technikum
Gammon © Bene Kögl
Watch This Space | BRSO Trio Basso meets Gammon
Tue, 14 May, 7:00 pm
Munich, Werksviertel-Mitte, Technikum
Anton Barakhovsky © BR\Astrid Ackermann
Watch This Space | Anton Barakhovsky and the BRSO academy
Thu, 30 May, 8:00 pm
Munich, Gasteig HP8, Isarphilharmonie
Riccardo Muti © Todd Rosenberg
Riccardo Muti
Works by Haydn, Schubert and Strauss