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Haydn: Nelson Mass, Creation Mass / Rilling, Gachinger


Release Date: 06/12/2007 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98279   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Maximilian SchmittLothar OdiniusRoxana ConstantinescuLetizia Scherrer,   ... 
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach CollegiumGächinger Kantorei StuttgartOregon Bach Festival Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



HAYDN Masses: in d, “Lord Nelson”; 1 in B?, “Creation” 2 Helmut Rilling, cond; Letizia Scherrer (sop); 1 Roxana Constantinescu (alt); 1,2 Maximilian Schmitt (ten); 1 Michael Nagy (bs); 1 Donna Brown (sop); Read more class="SUPER12">2 Lothar Odinius (ten); 2 Markus Eiche (bs); 2 Bach-Collegium, Stuttgart; 1 Gächinger Kantorei; Oregon Bach Festival O & Ch 2 HÄNSSLER 98.279 (78:47)


In every way this is a magnificent release, one that offers contrasting sonorities for these glorious scores, two of the half dozen that comprise the crowning masterpieces of Haydn’s last years. Although modern instruments and pitch are used in both performances, that of the “Nelson” Mass suggests period practices in its more transparent, astringent sonorities, purer string tone, and seemingly smaller chorus. If this last view appears equivocal, it is because the more distant perspective of the engineering for the “Nelson” may be contributing to the impression. Despite the fine modern-instrument accounts of these scores recorded for London/Decca by David Willcocks and George Guest, and the equally impressive period-instrument versions by John Eliot Gardiner for Philips, this new release is complementary to them in that it offers readings that differ from both. In general, Rilling favors a narrower range of tempos than does Gardiner and, in faster sections an urgency that Guest and Willcocks do not match. But all of these divergent readings convey the miraculous essence of these Masses: Haydn’s command of making a simple tonic-dominant progression deeply touching; his delight in bold (and typically “surprising”) harmonic turns; and most of all, perhaps, his prevailing daring and originality in bringing the symphonic Mass to a level of perfection previously unmatched. Certainly Rilling’s projection of both scores suits not only their wide-ranging melodic and dramatic richness, but how, more than anything else—in their joyous affirmation of life—they transcend the liturgy that inspired them. A thoroughly recommendable disc.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Mass in D minor, H 22 no 11 "Nelsonmesse" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Maximilian Schmitt (Tenor), Lothar Odinius (Tenor), Roxana Constantinescu (Alto),
Letizia Scherrer (Soprano), Michael Nagy (Bass), Markus Eiche (Bass)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra  ... 
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
Language: Latin 
2.
Mass in B flat major, H 22 no 13 "Schöpfungmesse" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Michael Nagy (Bass), Maximilian Schmitt (Tenor), Letizia Scherrer (Soprano),
Roxana Constantinescu (Alto), Lothar Odinius (Tenor), Markus Eiche (Bass)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra  ... 
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass": Kyrie I-III
Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass": Gloria
Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass": Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi
Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass": Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass": Credo
Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass": Credo: Et incarnatus est
Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass": Credo: Et resurrexit
Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass": Sanctus
Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass": Benedictus
Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass": Agnus Dei
Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass": Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
Mass No. 13 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:13, "Schopfungsmesse" (Creation Mass): Kyrie I
Mass No. 13 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:13, "Schopfungsmesse" (Creation Mass): Kyrie II-III
Mass No. 13 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:13, "Schopfungsmesse" (Creation Mass): Gloria
Mass No. 13 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:13, "Schopfungsmesse" (Creation Mass): Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Mass No. 13 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:13, "Schopfungsmesse" (Creation Mass): Credo
Mass No. 13 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:13, "Schopfungsmesse" (Creation Mass): Credo: Et incarnatus est
Mass No. 13 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:13, "Schopfungsmesse" (Creation Mass): Credo: Et resurrexit
Mass No. 13 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:13, "Schopfungsmesse" (Creation Mass): Sanctus
Mass No. 13 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:13, "Schopfungsmesse" (Creation Mass): Benedictus
Mass No. 13 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:13, "Schopfungsmesse" (Creation Mass): Agnus Dei
Mass No. 13 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:13, "Schopfungsmesse" (Creation Mass): Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem

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