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Haydn: Mass no 11 "Nelson Mass" / Hickox, London Sinfonia

Release Date: 01/07/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 414464   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Anne HowellsStephen RobertsAnthony Rolfe JohnsonBarbara Bonney
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony ChorusCity of London Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is a most commendable performance. with well-matched soloists and a well-balanced orchestra. The direction is firm and reliable and there is a feeling of security and happiness which the chorus is clearly glad to be part of. It is a pity that their contribution comes over with less definition than one would wish. This slight woolliness takes the edge off what is a fervent work and one which needs to be heard to be fervent in all its parts. The King's College, Cambridge, record, which Willcocks made for Argo in 1962, is brim full of the desired punch and performers and engineers alike spare no effort to dispense magic. The St Paul's Cathedral Performance, directed by Barry Rose on Guild, suffers from balance trouble, which not even the Read more magnificently ferocious reverberation can compensate for. The oldest record is still, for me, the best. What is mainly lacking in the Hickox version, apart from this vagueness in the choral balance, is any sense of awe in the divine presence, which. I'm sure, dominates Haydn's score. His intentions cannot be fully realized in anything which sounds like a concert performance.

-- Gramophone [11/1985]
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Works on This Recording

Mass in D minor, H 22 no 11 "Nelsonmesse" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Anne Howells (Alto), Stephen Roberts (Baritone), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor),
Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
Language: Latin 

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