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Saturday 16th March 2019

Cirencester Parish Church

Beethoven - Mass in C

Mendelssohn - Lauda Sion

Conductor - Huw Williams

Regency Sinfonia

Tenor - Ben Thapa, Baritone - Robert Rice, Soprano -  Rebecca Outram, Mezzo-Soprano - Rachael Cox.

MENDELSSOHN: LAUDA SION   Op. 73

Composed in 1846, towards the end of Mendelssohn’s life, Lauda Sion is a Catholic piece which centres on the mysteries of the Eucharist. It was commissioned to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the founding of the feast of Corpus Christi. Less overtly dramatic than the better known Elijah, it has a sunny, Italianate style which suggests that Mendelssohn may well have been familiar with Cherubini’s setting of the piece.

BEETHOVEN: MASS IN C   Op. 86

Composed in 1807, around the same time as his mighty Fifth Symphony. The Mass in C, like the later Missa Solemnis was a forward looking piece. However, it is different in style from his Missa Solemnis. It has its dramatic moments, but is largely more lyrical in mood. Its first performance was not without problems, however. It was under-rehearsed - at the dress rehearsal only one of the five chorus altos turned up! Beethoven made several changes to the work, parts of which featured at the first performance of his Fifth Symphony.