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Haydn: Nelsonmesse, Theresienmesse

Haydn: Nelsonmesse, Theresienmesse

by John Eliot Gardiner
     
 
John Eliot Gardiner's cycle of Haydn Masses got off to a strong start with a first volume that featured the "Creation" and "Wind Band" Masses, and this second entry is certainly of equal quality, if not even better. This time, the "Lord Nelson" and "Theresien" Masses are on tap, included on two discs for the price of one. They are,

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John Eliot Gardiner's cycle of Haydn Masses got off to a strong start with a first volume that featured the "Creation" and "Wind Band" Masses, and this second entry is certainly of equal quality, if not even better. This time, the "Lord Nelson" and "Theresien" Masses are on tap, included on two discs for the price of one. They are, respectively, the third and fourth in the group of six late Masses that make up Haydn's last important body of work, and as before, the playing and singing here are simply top-notch. Lofty D Minor is the mode for the "Nelson," which, in addition to the vocalists, calls for the unusual combination of strings, organ, timpani, and three trumpets, but with no other winds. The resulting orchestral sonority, while spare, becomes all the more exalted. The English Baroque Soloists are up to their usual standards, with clean and sprightly orchestral playing that turns on a dime, and the stirring trumpet fanfares in the Benedictus pack quite a punch. The Monteverdi Choir, too, remains in top form, singing with full tone, clarity, and precision. As for the soloists, they have their moments in the "Nelson," yet on the whole, it's in the companion "Teresien" Mass that they're really allowed to shine. It's generally the more lyrical of the two, and the soloists find plenty of poetry in its graceful melodies -- in the opening Kyrie, for example, or especially in the lovely "Gratias agimus" section of the Credo. Filling out the program is a gripping performance of Haydn's grand C Major Te Deum. All told, then, another thrilling and worthy addition to Gardiner's outstanding series. Haydn fans, rejoice!

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
[January 2003 CD of the Month] This second installment of Sir John Eliot Gardiner's series of the late Haydn Masses is, if anything, even more exciting than the first.... Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir as ever sings with passion, brilliance, and fine precision, and his soloists are all outstanding, fresh and youthful-sounding with firm clear voices.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2003
Label:
Philips Import
UPC:
0028947028628
catalogNumber:
470286
Rank:
323699

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  1. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Gerald Finley  -  Monteverdi Choir  -  English Baroque Soloists  - Peter Hanson  - Sally Bruce-Payne  - Donna Brown  - Peter Butterfield  - Mark Millington  - Clive Bennett  - John Eliot Gardiner
  2. Grosses Te Deum, for chorus, orchestra & organ in C major, H. 23c/2  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Gerald Finley  -  Monteverdi Choir  -  English Baroque Soloists  - Peter Hanson  - Sally Bruce-Payne  - Donna Brown  - Peter Butterfield  - Mark Millington  - Clive Bennett  - John Eliot Gardiner
  3. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in B flat major ("Theresienmesse"), H. 22/12  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Gerald Finley  -  Monteverdi Choir  -  English Baroque Soloists  - Peter Hanson  - Sally Bruce-Payne  - Donna Brown  - Peter Butterfield  - Mark Millington  - Clive Bennett  - John Eliot Gardiner

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