Ludwig van Beethoven
Mass in C
Penthos is preceded and succeeded by music from Germany.
Rudolf Mauersberger's fine motet was written in the aftermath of the Allies' destruction of Dresden early in 1945, expressing the grief of 'Rachel weeping for her children', and reminding us of the destruction of war wrought by both sides.
Beethoven's peaceful Mass in C is a cultural reminder that 'that which unites us is far greater than that which divides us' and celebrates forgiveness and the restoration of happier relations.
St Peter's Singers
National Festival Orchestra
(leader: Sally Robinson)