The ideas and ideals of the French Revolution, the definition of human and citizen rights, keywords like „freedom“, „salvation“ (from persecution and imprisonment) and „brotherhood“ are present throughout all of Beethoven's works and letters. The salvation from death into peace of mind and eternal life is the core of the mass liturgy that Beethoven put to paper in his Missa solemnis. As if to give the dogma of holy scripture a personal meaning he formulated a well-known phrase: „Written from the heart, may it go to the heart!"
For the conductor Paavo Järvi projects like Missa solemnis are an important counterpart to „normal“ concerts and at the Kissinger Sommer we always try to allow our festival orchestra to participate in such grand projects.
The second monumental work that epitomises a world view turned to composition is the 9th Symphony. The final choir based on texts by Friedrich Schiller has quite an idealistic message: „Alle Menschen werden Brüder“ (All people become brothers). In Beethoven's composition we have the European hymn of today but also an ideal to strife for in times of political chaos.
This idealistic project is intentionally set on an international scale. In 2010 an orchestra from Bremen with an Estonian chief conductor has set a new standard at the Beethoven symphony cycle at the Salzburger Festspiele festival and has been the de-facto official international ensemble for this composer. A French orchestra that concerns itself with historical European ensembles of Beethoven's time closes the cycle: Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, one of the most successful original sound ensembles for music written in the century between Gluckner and Wagner, is akin to an ensemble for historical globalism. They are proficient in the teachings of Germany and France that shaped Beethoven's style in early 19th century Vienna.
These two „large“ concerts are rounded out by a project by the Bad Kissingen Future Lab. Under the title „Leonore“ / „Fidelio“ 2020 we work together with children and teenagers to create a new version of Beethoven's only opera which will be performed on the 18th and 19th of July at the Kurtheater.