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Janácek: Glagolitic Mass; Kodály: Psalmus / Mackerras


Release Date: 10/25/1994 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9310   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leos JanácekZoltán Kodály
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio ChoirDanish National Radio Symphony OrchestraCopenhagen Boys' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

5 out of 5 stars for Performance and Sound!

Without doubt, this is one of the most important recordings of music by Janácek in recent years. Paul Wingfield’s restoration of the original performing version of the Glagolitic Mass is a fine piece of work and deserves to become the standard text. Those familiar with the Mass will notice changes right at the start, where the ‘Intrada’ (normally the conclusion) appears twice, at both the beginning and end. This introduces a number of fundamental alterations to rhythm and instrumentation which make for a markedly different whole: undoubtedly harder to perform, but infinitely sharper in outline. Most remarkable of all are the timpani solos in the middle section of the
Read more Credo which add astonishing force to the choir’s announcement of the Crucifixion. The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir respond to this novelty with a will. The soloists, especially the tenor Peter Svensson, are beyond praise and Mackerras’s way with this music has a clarity and coherence that make the majority of other performers of the Mass on record seem like sleep walkers. Excellently recorded and attractively accompanied by a fine rendition of Kodály’s Psalmus hungaricus, this performance of the Glagolitic Mass is the one to have.

-- Jan Smaczny, BBC MusicMagazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Glagolitic Mass by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Copenhagen Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Brno, Czech Republic 
Notes: This performance is based on Janácek's autograph manuscript. 
2.
Psalmus hungaricus, Op. 13 by Zoltán Kodály
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Copenhagen Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Hungary 

Sound Samples

Msa glagolskaja (Glagolitic Mass), JW III/9: Intrada
Msa glagolskaja (Glagolitic Mass), JW III/9: Uvod (Introduction)
Msa glagolskaja (Glagolitic Mass), JW III/9: Gospodi pomiluj (Kyrie) (Soprano, Chorus)
Msa glagolskaja (Glagolitic Mass), JW III/9: Slava (Gloria) (Soprano, Tenor, Chorus)
Msa glagolskaja (Glagolitic Mass), JW III/9: Veruju (Credo) (Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Msa glagolskaja (Glagolitic Mass), JW III/9: Svet (Sanctus) (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Msa glagolskaja (Glagolitic Mass), JW III/9: Agnece Bozij (Agnus Dei) (Soloists, Chorus)
Msa glagolskaja (Glagolitic Mass), JW III/9: - [organ solo]
Msa glagolskaja (Glagolitic Mass), JW III/9: Intrada
Psalmus hungaricus, Op. 13

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