Haydn: Nikolaimesse; Nelson Mass

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This is a selection from a complete set of Haydn masses recorded over several years by the REBEL Baroque Orchestra which is named after French composer Jean-Féry Rebel and nowhere offers a justification for shouting their name in all caps, along with the Trinity Choir from the New York church of the same name. The music-making has been consistently strong over the entire set, but the individual albums may make good choices for buyers wanting to sample the large range of interpretations of Haydn's mass settings. Here, as in several other of the individual releases, an early Haydn mass setting is paired with one of the six large and festive late pieces that have always been...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This is a selection from a complete set of Haydn masses recorded over several years by the REBEL Baroque Orchestra which is named after French composer Jean-Féry Rebel and nowhere offers a justification for shouting their name in all caps, along with the Trinity Choir from the New York church of the same name. The music-making has been consistently strong over the entire set, but the individual albums may make good choices for buyers wanting to sample the large range of interpretations of Haydn's mass settings. Here, as in several other of the individual releases, an early Haydn mass setting is paired with one of the six large and festive late pieces that have always been central to the Haydn repertory. The setting of the "Mass in G major, Hob. 22/6," of 1772, known as the Nikolaimesse and composed for the name day of Haydn's patron Nicolaus Esterházy, shows off the virtues of conductor J. Owen Burdick's approach. Burdick has managed a nice fusion of the semi-professional American church choir sound with period instrumentation, and his reading of this pastoral-flavored mass, with a lot of 6/8 meter, has a delightfully warm simplicity. The orchestra is among the first American groups that can stand with Europe's best, and Burdick's efforts in forging clear textures and in balancing orchestra and choir in the cavernous spaces of Trinity Church are impressive indeed. The "Mass in D minor, Hob. 22/11," was titled by Haydn "Missa in angustiis" Mass in Time of Anguish but later renamed the Lord Nelson mass in honor of the man who checked the advance of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was causing the anguish. It's an imposing work featuring martial D minor blasts from trumpets and timpani, sharply contrasting with jubilant major solos. The performances here are modest in scale, and listeners' reactions may depend on whether they buy Burdick's interpretation. Sample the soprano soloist's entrance in the Kyrie, with what annotator Jennifer More Glagov whose notes are given in English and German aptly described as "frenzied…flourishes." Here they are quite a bit less than frenzied, although soprano Ann Hoyt accurately negotiates them. The question is whether the soloists in the work need to be somewhat operatic in order to stand up to the music; the ones here are not, but there are again many fresh details that come through nicely in Burdick's reading. The album is well worth hearing for lovers of the Lord Nelson mass, but one of the other discs may be a better choice for those sampling this series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313212378
  • Catalog Number: 8572123
  • Sales rank: 241,072

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–11 Missa Sancti Nicolai, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in G major ("Nikolaimesse"), H. 22/6 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Trinity Choir (25:52)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Conducted byOwen Burdick
    Performed byTrinity Choir, Owen Burdick, Rebel, Luthien Brackett, Ann Hoyt, Richard Lippold, Stephen Sands
    1. 1Kyrie
    2. 2Gloria
    3. 3Gratias agimus tibi
    4. 4Quoniam tu solus sanctus
    5. 5Credo
    6. 6Et incarnatus est
    7. 7Et resurrexit
    8. 8Sanctus
    9. 9Benedictus
    10. 10Agnus Dei
    11. 11Dona nobis pacem
  2. 12–22 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Trinity Choir (38:43)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Conducted byOwen Burdick
    Performed byTrinity Choir, Owen Burdick, Rebel, Ann Hoyt, Daniel Mutlu, Kirsten Sollek, Andrew Nolen
    1. 12Kyrie
    2. 13Gloria
    3. 14Qui tollis peccata mundi
    4. 15Quoniam tu solus sanctus
    5. 16Credo
    6. 17Et incarnatus est
    7. 18Et resurrexit
    8. 19Sanctus
    9. 20Benedictus
    10. 21Agnus Dei
    11. 22Dona nobis pacem
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