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Mozart: Kronungsmesse, Exsultate Jubilate / Koopman, Schlick, Magnus


Release Date: 11/07/1995 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 10705   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barbara SchlickPaul AgnewElisabeth von MagnusMatthijs Mesdag
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque OrchestraAmsterdam Baroque Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ton Koopman has a keen sense of the stylistic basis of these pieces, and the delightful Barbara Schlick is so light and graceful, so natural in manner.

This coupling of the two principal works here has been popular in recent years and has already given rise to several extremely good CDs; and here is another excellent version, with two short extra works thrown in. Indeed the selection, with an early work, a late one, Mozart's finest complete Mass setting, and a set of vesper psalms which typically shows a wide variety of styles, would make a firstrate introduction to his sacred music. Ton Koopman has a keen sense of the stylistic basis of these pieces, the Mass and the vespers setting in particular: the lively tempos,
Read more the underlying sense of assurance and jubilation, the mix of the natural, fluent utterance and the serious meaning behind it— all this contributes to a series of performances that truthfully catch the atmosphere of Austrian rococo church music. One relishes, in the Mass, the brisk Gloria, with trumpets nicely prominent, the sturdy momentum of the Credo, the touch of delicate sentiment in the Benedictus. It is all greatly enhanced by the excellence of most of the solo singing, especially that of the delightful Barbara Schlick, so light and graceful, so natural in manner — there is some lovely singing from her in the Kyrie, but the Agnus Dei is simply magical, exquisitely sung, with the impassioned "Miserere"at its climax leading very satisfyingly into the "Dona nobis pacem" with its reassuring recapitulation of music heard before.

Perhaps my only reservation in the Mass concerns the very slow tempo that Koopman chooses for the "Et incarnatus". It needs to be slow, of course, but this seems to me overdone, to the extent that it doesn't relate to the context satisfactorily. Several of the slower movements in the other pieces, too, seem to me exaggeratedly held back: the whole of the Ave verum corpus, which becomes curiously luxuriant; the middle movement of the Exsultate, jubilate, which doesn't quite flow as it ought; and the "Laudate Dominum" of the Vespers, which is a little sticky. But Schlick's singing here is again lovely, and there are other good things — the "Confitebor", for example, its dialogues done with real ease and naturalness. The quick movements of the Exsultate, jubilate are a delight, too. Of the other soloists, I particularly enjoyed the tenor, the graceful Paul Agnew. There is one dubious moment from the bass in the Mass. The orchestral playing is beyond reproach, but the choral singing isn't always quite as neat or as responsive as one might wish. But all in all a very pleasing record.

-- Stanley Sadie, Gramophone [2/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mass in C major, K 317 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Elisabeth von Magnus (Alto),
Matthijs Mesdag (Bass)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthijs Mesdag (Bass), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Elisabeth von Magnus (Alto),
Barbara Schlick (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 26 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barbara Schlick (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
Length: 15 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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