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Mozart: Missa Brevis in D major; Missa Brevis in B flat major; Regina Coeli / Elizabeth Cragg, Deborah Miles-Johnson, Daniel Auchinloss, Lawrence White

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Regina coeli, antiphon for soprano, chorus & orchestra, K. 127
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 8 for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major (missa brevis), K. 194 (K. 186h)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Mechanical Organ in F minor, K 608
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 14 for soloists, chorus & orchestra in B flat major (missa brevis), K. 275 (K. 272b)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

During his years in Salzburg, Mozart wrote a series of shorter mass settings, for which he drew on the models of his senior colleague Michael Haydn. Regina coeli reveals his supreme skill at writing for the solo voice. The Missa brevis in D, K. 194 is a work of great solemnity, employing a remarkable range of expressive contrasts, whilst the Missa brevis in B flat, K. 275 is notable for its sublime lyricism and grace. The Allegro and Andante in F minor, K. 608 is regarded as Mozart's finest work for the organ and has become one of the cornerstones of the organ repertory.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
Both [Masses] are performed with energy, clarity and poise by the St Albans Cathedral Choir and the Sinfonia Verdi...The penultimate section is exquisitely lovely, and finely sung by Elizabeth Cragg.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
The stars of the show are, of course, the choir; and on this evidence the choral tradition at St Albans is in rude health, the tone consistent and untiring. The soloists blend well...if further recordings of this repertoire emanate from these quarters, this is sure to be worth collecting.

International Record Review, May 2013
With an excellent quartet of soloists and expert playing from the period-instrument group Sinfonia Verdi, it remains only to hand out plaudits to the choir, which is clearly in excellent shape under Lucas's direction...The treble line is pure and confidently dispatched.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Performances are quite good all-around. The boy-treble cathedral choir heard here offers sturdy and well-executed singing, and the orchestra is fine. While all four soloists acquit themselves admirably, soprano Elizabeth Clagg's singing stands out - especially in her florid Regina Coeli arias. Mr Winpenny renders the single organ piece flawlessly. Naxos, as usual, sees to excellent sound and an adequate booklet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, (07/18/2012-07/20/2012).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Regina coeli, antiphon for soprano, chorus & orchestra, K. 127
  • Performers: Elizabeth Cragg (Soprano); Daniel Auchincloss (Countertenor); Lawrence White
  • Conductor: Andrew Lucas
  • Ensemble: St Albans Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK (07/18/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1772

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 8 for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major (missa brevis), K. 194 (K. 186h)
  • Performers: Elizabeth Cragg (Soprano); Daniel Auchincloss (Countertenor); Lawrence White
  • Conductor: Andrew Lucas
  • Notes: The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK (07/18/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1774

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Mechanical Organ in F minor, K 608
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK (07/18/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 14 for soloists, chorus & orchestra in B flat major (missa brevis), K. 275 (K. 272b)
  • Performers: Elizabeth Cragg (Soprano); Daniel Auchincloss (Countertenor); Lawrence White
  • Conductor: Andrew Lucas
  • Notes: The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK (07/18/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1777