The Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon (OML) participates this year, for the first time, in the music program of the 58th Religious Music Week in Cuenca, Spain, was released today.
The OML, under the direction of its master conductor, Pedro Amaral, the Spanish Television Radio Choir (RTVE) and the soloists Miren Urbieta-Vega (soprano), Lorena Valero (half soprano), Fabián Lara (tenor) and André Henriques (bass) will present, in Cuenca, ‘Missa Solemnis’, by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).
The program will be presented on 14 April in Lisbon, at the Money Museum, formerly the Church of S. Julião, and on the 17th, at the auditorium of Cuenca, in the autonomous region of Castile-La Mancha, Spain.
Beethoven proposed to compose ‘Missa Solemnis’ when, in 1818, Archduke Rudolph of Habsburg-Lorraine, his patron and friend, learned that he would receive the title of Cardinal and become Archbishop of Moravia.
The “Missa Solemnis” was scheduled for the Archbishop’s entry ceremony in the diocese, but it was not finalized five years later, such “the care and obstinacy with which the composer faced the project,” the OML said in a statement.
Beethoven “studied the writing techniques of eighteenth-century sacred music, in particular of JS Bach, became acquainted with a way of approaching the missal freed from the contamination of the Italian opera that surrounded it, and returned to the world a work in his personal name, purified and imposing, “says the OML, who recalls that, at the same time, the composer wrote the Symphony No. 9,” Coral. ”
The German master “had a Catholic education and never abandoned a deep spiritual consciousness, which, by the way, became more pronounced at the end of his life.”
At the top of the score, Beethoven wrote: “Coming from the heart – that can return to the heart“.
In 1804, the composer began by being a teacher of piano of this prince of Austria and Hungary and, later, it became his friend, having dedicated to him 14 compositions, among them this “Missa Solemnis“.
The OML’s activity in Spain is part of the protocol between the Association of Music, Education and Culture (AMEC), which oversees the Portuguese orchestra, and the Spanish Television Radio Choir and Orchestra, which was renewed in June last year.
Among the objectives of this protocol are “diverse exchanges” and the commitment to the “progressive, consistent and continued internationalization” of the Metropolitan Metropolitan Metropolitan Region, said at the time.