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Haydn: Masses, Vol. 7 - Missa Brevis, Creation Mass

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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Missa brevis, for 2 sopranos, chorus, organ & strings in F major, H. 22/1
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in B flat major ("Schopfungsmesse"), H. 22/13

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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Missa brevis, for 2 sopranos, chorus, organ & strings in F major, H. 22/1
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in B flat major ("Schopfungsmesse"), H. 22/13
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Notes & Reviews:

In 1805, towards the end of his immensely productive and successful career, Haydn significantly expanded the youthful Missa brevis setting he had composed over fifty years earlier, enriching the orchestration with flute, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets and timpani to give the version we hear here. The other work on this disc, his Mass in B flat major of 1801 gained its nickname, 'The Creation Mass', from a short quotation taken from his most famous oratorio.

"This is such attractive, pleasant music--I have to partly agree with some contemporary critics who apparently "complained" that Haydn's late Masses (including these two) were "too cheerful to be sacred"--but I'm not complaining! Haydn always found ways to enliven and enrich these cherished if well-worn texts, loosening the more formal and traditional constraints of the church service by means of sheer musical invention and, particularly here, with orchestration that can only be the work of this mature genius Conductors Owen Burdick and Jane Glover give full measure to the special character of each work, relishing every rhythmic twist, melodic turn, and point of clever illustrative detail. This is exemplary Haydn--that it happens to be church music only serves to remind us that here is a composer who could not only make sacred music cheerful, but cheerful music sacred." -ClassicsToday

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There are so many soloists on this disc that one cannot discuss them all. But especially worthy of mention are Ann Hoyt in the Missa Brevis and Andrew Nolen in the Creation Mass. The Trinity Choir is quite expert rhythmically and in terms of pronunciation, but they are sometimes defeated by the rather cavernous sound of Trinity Church. As always, the Rebel Baroque orchestra, based in New York, brings clean lines and incisive style to their performance.

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Recording information: Trinity Church, New York.



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Missa brevis, for 2 sopranos, chorus, organ & strings in F major, H. 22/1
  • Performers: Richard Lippold (Bass); Julie Liston (Soprano); Ann Hoyt (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Owen Burdick
  • Notes: Trinity Church, New York (05/23/2001-05/24/2001)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1749

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in B flat major ("Schöpfungsmesse"), H. 22/13
  • Performers: Daniel Mutlu (Tenor); Nacole Palmer (Soprano); Andrew Nolan (Soprano)
  • Notes: Trinity Church, New York (09/08/2008-09/09/2008)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1801