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Singers: Sarah Connolly

Concert performances

October 21, 2011
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Colin Davis
Vocal soloists: Helen Juntunen, Sarah Connolly, Paul Groves, and Matthew Rose

I attended a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at Avery Fisher Hall in New York on Friday October 21, 2011. Outstanding performances from the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conductor Sir Colin Davis, and alto soloist Sarah Connolly. The other three vocal soloists were OK but not especially interesting, in my humble opinion.

A performance by the same artists at the Royal Albert Hall in London last month can be seen and heard at youtube. Thanks to melodiaavis at Twitter for letting me know.


"If I never hear another concert I will die a contented music lover, having heard the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform Beethoven's Missa solemnis under Colin Davis and Britten's War Requiem under Gianandrea Noseda last weekend."--Sedgwick Clark, Musical America

Anthony Tommasini, New York Times


Richard Morrison, The Times, 5 stars, at