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Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mass in C Major

Part of: Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series

 Thursday, March 5, 2020  8:00pm  Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage Directions

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We join Carnegie Hall’s season-long celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th Birthday with four theatrical, audacious, and exhilarating lesser-known works by the composer. Beethoven’s sweeping and dramatic Leonore Overture No. 2 stole the show when his only opera, Fidelio, was first performed in 1805, prompting him to revise the overture four more times. As a stand-alone work, the Leonore Overture No. 2 is an operatic tone poem in its own right. Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage) is Beethoven’s setting of two poems by Goethe as a cantata for chorus and cantata, here featuring the extraordinary choral ensemble La Chapelle de Québec. The unusual scoring of the Choral Fantasy makes it one of Beethoven’s most opulent and exciting works, combining the forces of piano soloist Jeremy Denk, a quartet of vocal soloists including soprano Karina Gauvin, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, Andrew Haji, bass-baritone Matthew Brook, and full chorus. The program comes to a riveting conclusion with Beethoven’s underrated masterpiece, the Mass in C Major, originally written for the Esterházy family.


Program

Ludwig van Beethoven

"Leonore" Overture No. 2

Ludwig van Beethoven

"Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt" (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage), Op. 112

Ludwig van Beethoven

"Choral Fantasy", Op. 80

Ludwig van Beethoven

Mass in C Major, Op. 86


Performers

Orchestra of St. Luke's
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Bernard Labadie
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Jeremy Denk
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La Chapelle de Québec
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Karina Gauvin
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Kelley O'Connor
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Andrew Haji
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Matthew Brook
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