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Haydn: Paukenmesse, etc / Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Te Deum, for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in C major, H. 23c/1
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Missa in Tempore belli, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Paukenmesse"), H. 22/9
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Alfred, Konig der Angelsachsen, or Der patriotische Konig, incidental music, H. 30/5
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Te Deum in C major, H 23c no 1
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Notes & Reviews:

"Take warning: this disc uses period instruments. If you can't abide them, you will not like this. Yet it is one of the most significant discs of Haydn's sacred music I know...Richard Hickox and his forces supply an absolutely heaven-storming reading of the 'Mass in Time of War' or 'Paukenmesse.' The incandescence of the playing is marvelous...Over all, this performance equals or betters long-time favorites, including Weil, Guest, Rilling, and Bernstein." -Bauman, ARG

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Few other conductors on disc convey so happily the drama, symphonic power and spiritual exhilaration of these glorious works than Richard Hickox. He's fully alive to the ominous unease that permeates the great Mass in Time of War, but while others strive for maximum dramatic and rhetorical effect, he directs the Mass with a natural, unforced sense of phrase and pace. The playing of Collegium Musicum 90, led by Simon Standage, is polished and athletic, with detail sharply etched, while the chorus sings with fresh tone and incisive attack. The four soloists are well matched in the anxious C minor Benedictus; elsewhere Nancy Argenta brings a pure, slender tone, and a graceful sense of phrase to the Kyrie, while in the 'Qui tollis' Stephen Varcoe deploys his mellow baritone with real sensitivity.

The fill-ups are imaginatively chosen. The two Te Deum settings epitomise the immense distance Haydn travelled during his career, the rococo exuberance and strict species counterpoint of the little-known early work contrasting with the grandeur and massive, rough-hewn energy of the 1799 setting.

The two numbers of incidental music Haydn completed for the play King Alfred in 1796, shortly before embarking on the Mass, are a real collectors' item. Argenta sings the first hymnlike E flat aria with chaste elegance, while choir and orchestra palpably enjoy themselves in the following number, a rollicking, brassy celebration of the Danes' victory over the Anglo- Saxons. Invigorating performances and firstclass recorded sound, with an ideally judged balance between chorus and orchestra.



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Te Deum, for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in C major, H. 23c/1
  • Performers: Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Catherine Denley (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Padmore; Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England (10/20/1997-10/22/1997)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: ?1762-63

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Missa in Tempore belli, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Paukenmesse"), H. 22/9
  • Performers: Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Catherine Denley (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Padmore; Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England (10/20/1997-10/22/1997)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Alfred, König der Angelsachsen, or Der patriotische König, incidental music, H. 30/5 :: No 5b, Aria d
  • Performers: Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Catherine Denley (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Padmore; Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England (10/20/1997-10/22/1997)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Alfred, König der Angelsachsen, or Der patriotische König, incidental music, H. 30/5 :: No 5a, Chor de
  • Performers: Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Catherine Denley (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Padmore; Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England (10/20/1997-10/22/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Te Deum in C major, H 23c no 1
  • Performers: Nancy Argenta (Soprano); Catherine Denley (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Padmore; Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England (10/20/1997-10/22/1997)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1800