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Haydn: Harmony Mass, Holy Mass / Rilling, Et Al


Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98538   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony OrchestraGächinger Kantorei StuttgartOregon Bach Festival Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



HAYDN Mass in B?, “Harmoniemesse.” 1 Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida, “Heligmesse” 2 Helmuth Rilling, cond; Simona Šaturová (sop); 1 Daniela Sindram (sop); 1 Sybylla Rubens (sop); 2 Ingeborg Danz (alt); 2 James Taylor Read more (ten); 1 Lothar Odinius (ten); 2 Michael Nagy(bs); 1,2 Gächinger Kantorei; Stuttgart RSO; 1 Oregon Bach Festival O & Ch 2 HÄNSSLER 98 538 (76:18)


Before the LP revolution, the Haydn Masses were essentially unknown. Only two of the six “late” ones had been recorded, both by groups that did not begin to approximate world-class quality. Even with the early Haydn Society LPs and a few from other sources, the six “late” masterpieces that crown Haydn’s career were not ideally represented on disc. The best of the lot was produced in the 1960s by Decca, five of the six led by George Guest. They were the favorite of many, including the late William Youngren, who wrote a “Hall of Fame” essay in Fanfare about them. I shared his view until John Eliot Gardiner produced a stunning period-instrument account for Philips. And then came Rilling.


All the traits that distinguish Rilling’s superb accounts of Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” and “Creation” Masses that I noted in 31:2 are present in this one. He offers readings that reflect the influence of the authenticity movement while favoring modern instruments and pitch. His ensembles are not too large, four double basses, for example, in the “Harmoniemesse,” three in the less heavily orchestrated “Heligmesse.” The strings employ minimal vibrato, choral and instrumental textures remain clear, the latter somewhat less astringent than in the Gardiner accounts. Rilling’s soloists, however, are more closely miked and employ more vibrato than those in the Gardiner versions. Consequently, they seem almost operatic, at least when compared to Gardiner’s soloists, who sound as if they were part of the chorus. Both work well. Aside from differences in timbre and pitch (Gardiner’s sounds like A=430), the major difference between the two approaches involves tempo. Rilling’s pacing is occasionally more expansive and flexible, but never to an extreme. The most noticeable example occurs in the Credo of the “Heligmesse,” where Rilling favors greater breadth and a few ritards at cadential points. On the other hand his approach in some passages lends the music an apt sensuality that Gardiner’s does not match. One practical point of difference: Gardiner’s recordings require five discs in three sets; Rilling’s manage to get all six works on three CDs. For those who value “authentic” style but are put off by the astringency and pitch typical of “period” practices, the stylish middle-of-the-road compromise in this release should prove ideal.


FANFARE: Mortimer H. Frank
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mass in B flat major, H 22 no 14 "Harmoniemesse" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra  ... 
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida, H 22 no 10 "Heiligmesse" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra  ... 
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Mass No. 14 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:14, "Harmoniemesse": Kyrie
Mass No. 14 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:14, "Harmoniemesse": Gloria
Mass No. 14 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:14, "Harmoniemesse": Credo
Mass No. 14 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:14, "Harmoniemesse": Sanctus
Mass No. 14 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:14, "Harmoniemesse": Benedictus
Mass No. 14 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:14, "Harmoniemesse": Agnus Dei
Mass No. 9 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:10, "Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida", "Heiligmesse": Kyrie
Mass No. 9 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:10, "Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida", "Heiligmesse": Gloria
Mass No. 9 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:10, "Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida", "Heiligmesse": Credo
Mass No. 9 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:10, "Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida", "Heiligmesse": Sanctus
Mass No. 9 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:10, "Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida", "Heiligmesse": Benedictus
Mass No. 9 in B flat major, Hob.XXII:10, "Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida", "Heiligmesse": Agnus Dei

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