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Mozart: Vespers / Cleobury, King's College Choir


Release Date: 07/18/1989 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 49672   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David JamesLynne DawsonPaul HillierRogers Covey-Crump
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard EnsembleCambridge Classical PlayersCambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's unusual to have Mozart's two sets of Vespers on one disc. The four soloists and the period-instrument ensemble are first-rate.

It's unusual to have Mozart's two sets of Vespers (both dating from the two-year period of his final stay in Salzburg which also produced the two Masses in C) on one disc, for the latter set is far more popular and is often coupled with the even more beloved “Coronation“ Mass in C. The last psalm of this set is a soprano solo, the only section of either work that ever appeared in the 78-rpm era. Despite the contrasting titles (and the partly different list of psalms assigned in twentieth-century liturgical books), both works consist of the same five psalms plus the canticle Magnificat.
Read more Despite their varying length (the final Laudate Dominum is the shortest of all psalm texts), the composer manages to make each one come out to about the same duration. For contrast he varies the mood and the assignment of solo voices.

The Vespers of a Confessor, augmented by Gregorian antiphons and coupled with the ' 'Coronation“ Mass, appeared just recently from Hamoncourt {Fanfare 11:3), although it doesn't appear in recent Schwanns, possibly a temporary problem of Teldec distribution. The choice between Hamoncourt's sure-fire coupling and the only available version of the other set of Vespers, as here, will depend on the collecting instincts, for both are fine interpretations. The King's boys are more piping than we sometimes hear them, but the four soloists (the Hilliard Ensemble brought in en masse) and the period-instrument ensemble are first-rate. I'm quite taken with soprano Lynne Dawson, while tenor Rogers Covey-Crump and bass Paul Hillier are familiar and dependable. If the players appear to be a new group (the name at least is), rest assured that Roy Goodman has doubtless brought in the same players he has used under several other names, depending on the repertoire and the label. The concluding, ever-present Ave verum corpus is one of the many good ones that corresponds to Mozart's score (there are far more on records that don't).

The acoustics of King's chapel are well controlled. The brief notes are informative, texts and translations are furnished. This is my idea of a sensible coupling, but that is something buyers inevitably control in the marketplace. Give it a chance.

– J. F. Weber, Fanfare [1-2/1990] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Vesperae de Dominica, K 321 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David James (Countertenor), Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Paul Hillier (Bass),
Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble,  Cambridge Classical Players,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1987 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 26 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lynne Dawson (Soprano), David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
Paul Hillier (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble,  Cambridge Classical Players,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge 
Language: Latin 
3. Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David James (Countertenor), Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
Paul Hillier (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble,  Cambridge Classical Players,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Vesperae de Domenica K321: Dixit Dominus
Vesperae de Domenica K321: Confitebor
Vesperae de Domenica K321: Beatus vir
Vesperae de Domenica K321: Laudate pueri
Vesperae de Domenica K321: Laudate Dominum
Vesperae de Domenica K321: Magnificat
Vesperae solennes de confessore K339: Dixit Dominus
Vesperae solennes de confessore K339: Confitebor
Vesperae solennes de confessore K339: Beatus vir
Vesperae solennes de confessore K339: Laudate pueri
Vesperae solennes de confessore K339: Laudate Dominum
Vesperae solennes de confessore K339: Magnificat
Ave verum corpus K618

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