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Haydn: Theresienmesse, Kleine Orgelmesse / Richard Hickox

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in B flat major ("Theresienmesse"), H. 22/12
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Missa brevis St. Joannis de Deo, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in B flat major ("Little Or
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Notes & Reviews:

"As you may suspect, these are period instrument performances. If you dislike that concept you need read no further...Richard Hickox proves sympathetic to the music, giving it brilliant readings that are admirably paced...The chorus uses females rather than boys and is rock-solid in vocal quality and pitch...I would place this performance near the top of any list with Guest, Marriner, and Pinnock...Only the enthusiastic and overblown Bernstein is currently in the catalogs"-Bauman, ARG

BBC Music Magazine
Hickox and Collegium Musicum 90 are especially fine in the exultant, springing Gloria and the rough-hewn vigour of the Credo... Led by the sweet toned Janice Watson, the soloists sing with a chamber-musical grace and intimacy in the 'Et incarnatus est' and the Benedictus, while their supplicatory tenderness in the 'Dorna nobis pacem' contrasts with the choir's urgent demands for peace.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Hickox generates the physical and spiritual elation essential to this music, calling to mind Haydn's own much-quoted remark that whenever he praised God his heart leapt with joy. In the glorious Theresienmesse of 1799 Hickox's manner is particularly fine in the exultant, springing Gloria and the rough-hewn vigour of the Credo. He understands, too, the Mass's dramatic and symphonic impetus, bringing a powerful cumulative momentum to the sonataform 'Dona nobis pacem' and thrillingly tightening the screws in the closing pages. The choir is placed forward, though never at the expense of orchestral detail, keenly observed by Hickox. His uncommonly well-integrated solo quartet framed by the sweet-toned Janice Watson and the gentle, mellifluous Stephen Varcoe, sings with a chamber-musical grace and refinement in the 'Et incarnatus est' and the Benedictus. And their supplicatory tenderness in the 'Dona nobis pacem' contrasts arrestingly with the choir's urgent demands for peace.

Hickox also captures the peculiar serenity and innocence of the much earlier Missa brevis SanctiJohannis de Deo, or Little Organ Mass, its intimacy enhanced here by the use of solo strings. A disc guaranteed to refresh the spirit.



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in B flat major ("Theresienmesse"), H. 22/12
  • Performers: Pamela Stephen (Mezzo Soprano); Stephen Varcoe; Janice Watson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England (06/28/1995-06/30/1995)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1799

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Missa brevis St. Joannis de Deo, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in B flat major ("Little Or
  • Performers: Pamela Stephen (Mezzo Soprano); Stephen Varcoe; Janice Watson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England (06/28/1995-06/30/1995)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1778