Critics commented on the magnificent performance of Missa Solemnis, delivered by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor Thomas Dausgaard at New York’s Geffen Hall.
“Everything about the Missa is infamously difficult, both technically and formally: ranges and tempi are extreme, and for much of the piece every line of text occupies a startlingly different sound-world, requiring miracles of control and flexibility to keep it from flying apart. Sunday’s performance transcended all of that. The orchestra was wonderful in every way, and concertmistress Sara Trobäck Hesselink did a beautiful job with the long violin solo in the Benedictus. Thomas Dausgaard led the whole thing with blazing intent and specificity, and this is vital, because Beethoven was never more theatrical than in this piece.” (ZealNYC)
“Under Mr. Dausgaard’s baton, the Swedish forces exquisitely tamed the score’s arguably romantic excesses and infused this Missa Solemnis with a focused Baroque sensibility that unlocked the piece’s soul, producing a performance of exceeding beauty and sensibility.” (adriandimanlig)