Missa Solemnis op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Frieder Bernius conducts the Kammerchor Stuttgart and the Hofkapelle Stuttgart


VON HERZEN – MÖGE ES WIEDER – ZU HERZEN GEHN! (From the Heart – May It Go – To the Heart!)

A film by Uli Aumüller

Beethoven’s Missa solemnis is the one work the composer admired above all his compositions. It was written for his great patron and friend Archduke Rudolf of Austria at around the same time that he embarked on his Ninth Symphony and as the writer Donald Tovey noted, ‘there is no choral and no orchestral writing, earlier or later, that shows a more thrilling sense of the individual colour of every chord.’ This insightful documentary follows Frieder Bernius on a journey of discovery as he immerses himself in Beethoven’s monumental masterpiece in preparation for a recording.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Johanna Winkel, soprano
Sophie Harmsen, alto
Sebastian Kohlhepp, tenor
Arttu Kataja, bass

Stuttgart Chamber Choir
Hofkapelle Stuttgart
Frieder Bernius, conductor

Recorded at Alpirsbach Abbey, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, 16–17 October 2018.

Cast & Crew

Uli Aumüller
Director of photography
Hanne Kaisik, Gösta Courkamp
Main Cast
Frieder Bernius
Editor (Cut)
Sebastian Rausch
Original Score
Ludwig van Beethoven