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Haydn: Theresienmesse; M Haydn, Mozart / George Guest


Release Date: 07/09/2007 
Label:  London/Decca Jubilee Catalog #: 430159   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnMichael HaydnWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bernadette GreevyJohn MitchinsonWillard WhiteTom Krause,   ... 
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsCambridge St. John's College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Theresienmesse followed on a year after the Nelson Mass. It may be less famous but the inspiration is hardly less memorable. George Guest injects tremendous vigour into the music and the St John's Choir is on top form throughout. Michael Haydn's Ave Regina is a lovely antiphon, scored for eight-part double choir. It looks back to Palestrina, and the Venetian school of the Gabrielis and the young Monteverdi. It is beautifully sung and recorded.

Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition]
The Theresienmesse followed on a year after the Nelson Mass. It may be less famous but the inspiration is hardly less memorable. George Guest injects tremendous vigour into the music and the St John's Choir is on top form throughout. Michael Haydn's Ave Regina is a lovely antiphon, scored for eight-part double choir. It looks back to Palestrina, and the Venetian school of the Gabrielis and the young Monteverdi. It is beautifully sung and recorded.

Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mass in B flat major, H 22 no 12 "Theresien-Messe" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Bernadette Greevy (Mezzo Soprano), John Mitchinson (Tenor), Willard White (Bass),
Tom Krause (Baritone), Erna Spoorenberg (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Ave Regina by Michael Haydn
Performer:  Erna Spoorenberg (Soprano), John Mitchinson (Tenor), Willard White (Bass),
Bernadette Greevy (Mezzo Soprano), Tom Krause (Baritone)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Language: Latin 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 The recording to have September 25, 2015 By Morris Reagan (Madison, MS) See All My Reviews "This is, in my opinion, the most satisfying recording of this, one of Haydn's greatest masterpieces, available. The soloists are fine but the greatest asset to this performance is the Choir of St. John's College (Cambridge). For me the Benedictus in this mass is equaled in beauty only by the Benedictus in the Beethoven Missa Solemnis (although the two pieces are quite different). Modern instruments are used in George Guest's orchestra. I've heard a number of recordings of the Thereisemesse with period instruments, nearly all of which are marred by nervous-sounding accelerated tempi. The most egregious of these is the recording by Bruno Weil, in which he performs the Benedictus as if it were marked "allegro." I had guessed from my hearing of the Guest reading that Haydn had called for allegretto, but Haydn actually designated it "moderato" when he had the work published. I gave this disc 4 stars rather than 5 only because the stereo sound is only satisfactory, not truly superior." Report Abuse
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