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Mozart: Coronation Mass / Kirkby, Hogwood

Release Date: 03/16/1993 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 436585   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emma KirkbyCatherine RobbinJohn Mark AinsleyMichael George
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient MusicWinchester Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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It’s difficult to think of many recordings of Mozart’s church music that so happily capture its character – the particular mixture of confidence, jubilation and contemplation – as Hogwood’s. His unfussy direction, broad phrasing, lively but generally unhurried tempi and happy details of timing serve splendidly in the Coronation Mass, the finest of Mozart’s completed Mass settings; the solemnity of the Kyrie, the fine swing of the Gloria and the energy of the Credo, with due pause for its rapt moment at the ‘Et incarnatus’, all these come over effectively. Arguably the
Read more ‘Osanna’ is rather quick, but its jubilation is splendid. And the sweetness of the Benedictus is ravishing.

Not more so, however, than the Agnus, for there, at a decidedly slow tempo, Hogwood allows Emma Kirkby to make the most of this very sensuous music, which she duly most beautifully does. The soloists are altogether an excellent team, with two refined voices in the middle and Michael George a firm and sturdy bass. The inclusion of the K278 Epistle Sonata is a happy notion. The Vesperae solennes de confessore is a setting of the five Vesper psalms and the Magnificat, made in 1780, a year after the Mass, for some church feast in Salzburg. With admirable singing from the choir and a spacious recording with exceptionally good stereo separation that properly conveys the ecclesiastical ambience, this is a disc to treasure.

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Works on This Recording

Mass in C major, K 317 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Catherine Robbin (Mezzo Soprano), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor),
Michael George (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Language: Latin 
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Catherine Robbin (Mezzo Soprano), Emma Kirkby (Soprano),
Michael George (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Language: Latin 

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 A crowning Coronation Mass July 20, 2014 By Jeremy M. (Victoria, BC) See All My Reviews "This is a fine recording which does justice to the music as written. Emma Kirkby is fantastic, and far better than she is in Arie Antiche - she should stick to this type of recording. Apart from the odd interval where the conductor took this too softly, an excellent recording." Report Abuse
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