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Schubert: Mass In E Flat / Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90


Release Date: 04/29/2008 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 750   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Pamela Helen StephenSusan GrittonMatthew RoseMark Padmore,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Richard Hickox's small-scaled, period-practice approach gives Schubert's Mass in E-flat an overall lighter feel than usual. The clearly defined instrumental textures and incisive phrasing sound closer to what we now regard as a genuine Schubertian style, rather than the heavy, ceremonial method of Wolfgang Sawallisch on EMI. With Hickox, Schubert's rhythms spring with a lively pulse, while the harmonies have a piquancy that's really engaging. Collegium Musicum 90's vivid orchestral playing contributes much to this effect, as does the chorus' fresh and vibrant singing. The solo performances also are first rate and keep consistently to the overall performance aesthetic. The recording was made in a large church acoustic that nevertheless Read more allows for textural clarity and individual lines to be easily heard. Note how the organ blends beautifully into the overall ensemble, while the thundering timpani, with hard sticks, are quite exciting. In sum, Schubert collectors will find much to enjoy here.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

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Mass no 6 in E flat major, D 950 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen (Mezzo Soprano), Susan Gritton (Soprano), Matthew Rose (Bass),
Mark Padmore (Tenor), James Gilchrist (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Mass no 6 in E flat major: II. Gloria: "Gloria in excelsis Deo"
Mass no 6 in E flat major: IV. Sanctus

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