The Beethoven Mass in C is full of pathos and pity for the plight of human beings. It was received badly upon its first performance in 1807 and remains one of his lesser-performed major works. However, this performance honoured and captured its eccentricities, its melancholy and its energetic triumphalism. The Agnus Dei in particular was beautifully plaintive. The Mass is now regarded as an underrated masterpiece.
The orchestra was a joy, with flawless intonation, and an even elegance throughout.
It was also great to see the program acknowledge in detail the history, experience, and valued contribution of accompanist, Alan Grinton.
Conductor Stephen Brockman continues to find a balance between the familiar and unfamiliar in extending both the Singers and the public.