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Hummel: Mass, etc / Richard Hickox, et al

Album Summary

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Te Deum, for chorus & orchestra in D major, WoO 16, S. 70
>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Quod quod in orbe, gradual for chorus & orchestra, Op. 88
>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra no 2 in E flat major, Op. 80
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"It is astonishing that such fine pieces have been so completely neglected. They here inspire Hickox and his team to performances just as electrifying as those they have given of those they have given of the great series of late Haydn masses." - The Guardian 'CD of the Week'

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The second in Richard Hickox's Hummel Mass edition concentrates on works written soon after Hummel was appointed Konzertmeister to Prince Esterházy in 1804. Hummel was keen - the Mass was completed four months before the September deadline. In his booklet-note David Wyn Jones suggests the composer may have been trying to pre-empt his potential rival, Johann Fuchs, who was nominally in charge of church music for the prince. The result has a winning freshness. As in the first disc, Hickox captures the joy of Hummel's inspiration, with clean attack and fine diction from chorus and soloists.

That clarity extends to the superb setting of the Te Deum, written at high speed to celebrate peace with Napoleon in 1805. Each section of the elaborate text is strikingly characterised without holding up the urgency established in the opening fanfares. The graduale Quod quod inurbe is another fine, neglected work. The Blackheath Concert Hall recording is full and clear: this is shaping up to be an outstanding series.



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>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Te Deum, for chorus & orchestra in D major, WoO 16, S. 70
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London SE3 (09/08/2003-09/10/2003)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/01/1806

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Quod quod in orbe, gradual for chorus & orchestra, Op. 88
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London SE3 (09/08/2003-09/10/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1808-1811

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra no 2 in E flat major, Op. 80
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Susan Gritton (Soprano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London SE3 (09/08/2003-09/10/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1804