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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
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]
Works on This Recording
Mass in D minor, H 22 no 11 "Nelsonmesse" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Anne Howells (Alto),
Stephen Roberts (Baritone),
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor),
Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
London Symphony Chorus,
City of London Sinfonia
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria
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