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Haydn: Missa in Tempore Belli; Salve Regina / Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien

Haydn / Concentus Musicus Wien / Harnoncourt
Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 660467   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothea RöschmannOliver WidmerElisabeth von MagnusHerbert Lippert
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus MusicusArnold Schoenberg Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Haydn's Paukenmesse, Hob.XXII:9 from 1796, was the first work he composed to honour the name day (8th September) of the Princess Maria Hermenegild. The name of Paukenmesse’ (Kettledrum Mass) stems from the employment of timpani in the Agnus Dei; evocative of hearing the advance of the enemy. At the time of composition the French armies had occupied the state of Styria in southeast Austria.

In the Kyrie I loved the menacing introduction that Harnoncourt extorts from the trumpets and timpani. The creamy voice of soprano Dorothea Röschmann offers splendid piety and humility. At 5:16 the soloists Röschmann; Elisabeth von Magnus; Herbert Lippert and Oliver Widmer provide a particularly fine and moving ensemble. In the
Read more Gloria the Schoenberg Choir communicate gratitude and supplication with radiance and energy. From 2:54 the splendidly toned cello soloist is joined by bass-baritone Oliver Widmer in “Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.” In the Credo all four soloists and the Schoenberg Choir provide deep feeling and introspection in the “Et in unum dominum.” The brief Sanctus is urgently performed by Harnoncourt and in the Benedictus the superb soprano of Dorothea Röschmann stands out in this genial and humane declaration. The Agnus Dei is notable for the famous timpani solo together with prominent trumpet parts. The Concentus musicus Wien and the Schoenberg Choir powerfully communicate the climax with an ardently appealing “Dona nobis pacem.”

Scored for soloists, organ and strings Haydn’s three movement Salve Regina, Hob.XXIIIb:2 was composed in 1771. The Salve Regina is intended to be sung at the end of evening prayers between the period of Trinity Sunday and Advent.

I especially enjoyed the extended opening of the Salve Regina a movement permeated with strength and deep sincerity of feeling from Harnoncourt. Noticeable is Haydn’s employment of the concertante organ that adds additional colour and atmosphere. The final section Et Jesum provides a potency of spiritual character with the voices blending together marvellously.

– MusicWeb International (Michael Cookson) Read less

Works on This Recording

Missa in tempore belli, H 22 no 9 "Paukenmesse" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano), Oliver Widmer (Bass), Elisabeth von Magnus (Mezzo Soprano),
Herbert Lippert (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Language: Latin 
Salve Regina in G minor, H 23b no 2 "Organ solo" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Herbert Lippert (Tenor), Elisabeth von Magnus (Mezzo Soprano), Oliver Widmer (Bass),
Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Language: Latin 

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