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Haydn: Heiligmesse, Etc / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, Et Al


Release Date: 04/02/2003 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 470819   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Brindley SherrattTopi LehtipuuSara MingardoJoanne Lunn,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque SoloistsMonteverdi Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These supreme masterpieces inspire Gardiner and his brilliant team to a searing performance. The clear recording beautifully brings out the inner detail of these works, highlighting the pinpoint ensemble of Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir.

This rounds off Gardiner’s excellent series for Philips covering the six late Masses, all supreme masterpieces, which Haydn wrote for the nameday each year of the Princess Esterhazy. There is also room for a valuable extra in the motet Insanae et vanae curae. Haydn salvaged it from his Italian oratorio Il ritorno di Tobia, after he had pruned it, saying that it was ‘too good to waste’. How right he was. With a Latin text replacing the original Italian, it inspires Gardiner and his
Read more brilliant team to a searing performance, very different from those you would get from a cathedral choir.

The Masses also find Gardiner on incisive form. The contrast with Hickox’s Chandos cycle is most striking in the Gloria of the Heiligmesse. Where Hickox makes the music swagger happily, Gardiner directs a biting, crisp reading, with spotlit drums and trumpets and marginally less spring in the rhythm. Contrasts elsewhere are similar, if less marked; Hickox is warmer and more joyful where Gardiner, with some extreme speeds is consistently crisp and fresh.

Both Masses were written in 1796 and the Heiligmesse first performed on the Princess’s nameday, September 11, that year. The Paukenmesse was held over until 1797, though it had been heard in Vienna the previous December. Not only are both Masses smaller in scale than the succeeding four, the Paukenmesse at least is more lyrical, less grandly symphonic that those masterpieces. Haydn is still intent on springing surprises; he characteristically ends each with vigorous, even military settings of the ‘Dona nobis pacem’ which foreshadow Beethoven’ illustration of war in the Missa Solemnis.

The Philips recording is clear and well-balanced, bringing out more inner detail than the Hickox recordings and highlighting the pinpoint ensemble of Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir, with his excellent team of solists, led by the boyish-sounding Joanne Lunn.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [10/2003]
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Works on This Recording

1. Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida, H 22 no 10 "Heiligmesse" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Brindley Sherratt (Bass), Topi Lehtipuu (Tenor), Sara Mingardo (Alto),
Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Elinor Carter (Alto), Angharad Gruffydd Jones (Soprano),
Julian Clarkson (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 34 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Missa in tempore belli, H 22 no 9 "Paukenmesse" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Sara Mingardo (Alto), Topi Lehtipuu (Tenor),
Brindley Sherratt (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 36 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Insanae et vanae curae, B 8 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  The Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Mass No.9, 'Missa Sancti Bernardi con Offida' (Heiligmesse) Hob. XXII/10 (1796): Kyrie
Mass No.9, 'Missa Sancti Bernardi con Offida' (Heiligmesse) Hob. XXII/10 (1796) / Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Mass No.9, 'Missa Sancti Bernardi con Offida' (Heiligmesse) Hob. XXII/10 (1796) / Gloria: Gratias agimus tibi
Mass No.9, 'Missa Sancti Bernardi con Offida' (Heiligmesse) Hob. XXII/10 (1796) / Gloria: Quoniam tu solus Sanctus
Mass No.9, 'Missa Sancti Bernardi con Offida' (Heiligmesse) Hob. XXII/10 (1796) / Credo: Credo in unum Deum
Mass No.9, 'Missa Sancti Bernardi con Offida' (Heiligmesse) Hob. XXII/10 (1796) / Credo: Et incarnatus est
Mass No.9, 'Missa Sancti Bernardi con Offida' (Heiligmesse) Hob. XXII/10 (1796) / Credo: Et resurrexit
Mass No.9, 'Missa Sancti Bernardi con Offida' (Heiligmesse) Hob. XXII/10 (1796): Sanctus
Mass No.9, 'Missa Sancti Bernardi con Offida' (Heiligmesse) Hob. XXII/10 (1796): Benedictus
Mass No.9, 'Missa Sancti Bernardi con Offida' (Heiligmesse) Hob. XXII/10 (1796) / Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei
Mass No.9, 'Missa Sancti Bernardi con Offida' (Heiligmesse) Hob. XXII/10 (1796) / Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse", Hob. XXII:9 in C: Kyrie
Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse", Hob. XXII:9 in C: Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse", Hob. XXII:9 in C: Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi
Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse", Hob. XXII:9 in C: Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse", Hob. XXII:9 in C: Credo: Credo in unum Deum
Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse", Hob. XXII:9 in C: Credo: Et incarnatus est
Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse", Hob. XXII:9 in C: Credo: Et resurrexit tertia die
Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse", Hob. XXII:9 in C: Sanctus
Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse", Hob. XXII:9 in C: Benedictus
Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse", Hob. XXII:9 in C: Agnus Dei
Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse", Hob. XXII:9 in C: Dona Nobis
Insanae et vanae curae (1809) [spurious]

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