Performed by:

John Nelson, conductor
Tamara Wilson, soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, alto
Nikolai Schukoff, tenor
Brindley Sherratt, bass
Gulbenkian Choir
Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Missa Solemnis trailer

Filmed live in the Grand Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, February 2010. Directed by Rhodri Huw.


Nelson interview

"What grabs you?" Conductor John Nelson speaks with Stephen Wright about the "heart" of Beethoven's Missa Solemis.  (Excerpt from the DVD bonus features) 



Interviews with conductor John Nelson and Peter Readman, chairman of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

“Meet Soli Deo Gloria” introductory video

Previews of selected Soli Deo Gloria DVDs

16-page booklet

Beethoven "Missa Solemnis" DVD

Missa Solemnis DVD

Soli Deo Gloria's DVD of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis offers an uplifting experience of this rarely heard sacred choral masterpiece. Maestro John Nelson leads the Gulbenkian Choir and Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a thrilling performance that BBC Music Magazinedescribed as “a monumental vision.”

Run time, 80 minutes plus 65 minutes of bonus features. Subtitles in English, French and German.

List Price: $26.00




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"The most impressive I have ever heard...It seems unlikely that Beethoven's vision in this work will ever be more completely captured."
—Michael Tanner, Music DVD Choice, BBC Music Magazine

Beethoven wrote that “music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks & invents.” This DVD of his monumental Missa Solemnis from The Soli Deo Gloria Collection beautifully brings to life the composer’s spiritual intent "to awaken and permanently instill religious feelings, not only in the singers, but also in the listeners."


John Nelson conducting the Missa Solemnis         John Nelson

John Nelson conducting Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
(Photo: Felipe Ferreira)


 "The Chamber Orchestra of Europe plays magnificently, never tiring. And the same goes for the chorus ... They are fearless, as they need to be. They not only cope with Beethoven's often absurd demands, them seem to exult in them...John Nelson...clearly has the measure, as much as anyone, of this score...It seems unlikely that Beethoven's vision in this work will ever be more completely captured."
—Michael Tanner, Music DVD Choice, BBC Music Magazine

EXTRAS *****


 "From the first chord of the Kyrie—the attack easy yet precise, the sound full and organ-like—John Nelson leads a powerful performance of this daunting score...Nelson responds to the music's variety, infusing the flowing cantabiles with a lovely buoyancy, playing the introspective passages with sustained concentration...The Gulbenkkian Choir is appropriately full-throated in the big moments, conveying real joy...Yet the quieter passages are diaphanous...First-class soloists prove a major advantage...The four together constitute an impeccably balanced, blended quartet...The sonics are beautiful."
—Stephen Francis Vasta, Opera News


"[I]f you're after a fine Missa on screen, look no further...Right from the first bars of the Kyrie you can tell that interpretational fervour is a high priority, a hunch that is magnificently borne out by the firey Gloria, where the incisive cut and thrust of the Gulbenkian Choir's singing is matched by an equally intense contribution from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe...John Nelson understands the paradoxes and contradictions that sit at the heart of this piece."
—Bob Cowan, Gramophone


Missa Solemnis performance
John Nelson conducts the Gulbenkian Choir and
Chamber Orchestra of Europe in the Missa Solemnis
(Photo:Felipe Ferreira)


"The Missa Solemnis, which Beethoven considered the crown of his music,
may be the greatest piece most listeners never hear."
—Jan Swafford, composer and author



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