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Haydn: Requiem, etc / King, Sampson, Summers, et al

Album Summary

>Haydn, Johann Michael : Missa pro defuncto Archiepiscopo Sigismundo, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, MH 155 (KL 1
>Haydn, Johann Michael : Missa Sanctae Ursulae, for soloists, chorus & orchestra ("Missa Chiemsensis") MH 546 (KL 1
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Anybody who enjoys the choral works of Mozart and Joseph Haydn will be delighted by this double-disc set, and will probably concur that Michael Haydn's neglect in the shadow of his younger friend and older broghter is substantially corrected by these exquisite performances." - David Vickers, Gramophone

BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE AWARD / BEST CHORAL

'Both performances, from Robert King and his Consort and Choir, are outstanding. The playing is beautifully honed, the choral singing at once clear and thrilling, particularly superb in both the hushed, devotional opening of the Requiem and the elation and sweep of the Ursuline Mass. There's a fine quartet of soloists too, with an exceptional contribution from the much undervalued contralto Hilary Summers. The whole thing serves as a welcome reminder that there are still indeed lost masterpieces out there, waiting to be discovered' (The Guardian)

'A good version of the Requiem appeared last year ... but this new one has the edge, in the sharpness of the orchestral contribution (the crucial brass register more pungently), the clarity and attack of the choir, and in the quality of the solo quartet, led by the vernal soprano of Carolyn Sampson. In both works Robert King chooses convincing tempos, keeps the rhythms vital and, in the Mass, never tries to drive Haydn's amiable, graceful music too hard. If you love Mozart's and Joseph Haydn's church music, you can hardly fail to enjoy this' (BBC Music Magazine)

'King's performances are as attractive as the music, with fine solos from Carolyn Sampson and Hilary Summers' (Sunday Times)

'Haydn's flair for large-scale choral writing permeates his majestic Requiem, inspiring a suitably sumptuous performance from Robert King and his excellent musicians' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Robert King teases crisp, clean performances of both works from the Choir of The King's Consort, The King's Consort and an appealing team of soloists in Carolyn Sampson, the fruity voiced Hilary Summers, James Gilchrist and Peter Harvey' (Evening Standard)

'a triumph ... Hyperion at its best' (Musicweek)

'The booklet note by King covers useful ground. On the music King is very good, making numerous shrewd observations and conveying the enthusiasm that is evident in these outstanding performances. The real achievement is his, in directing readings of blazing intensity which yet entirely lack artificial excitement' (International Record Review)

'The performances of both works stand in little need of detailed comment. They are quite simply breathtaking in their range and scope, conducted by King with all (and more) of the ardor and blazing commitment his words to me would suggest. The big climactic moments, aided by Hyperion's superlative sound, come across with thrilling immediacy and definition, while Haydn's lyricism is treated with loving care and attention to detail. Add to that an outstanding quartet of soloists, and magnificent choral and orchestral work, and you have an self-recommending issue on the highest level of attainment ... Make no mistake; this is a truly great recording that I beg every reader to obtain without further ado' (Fanfare, USA)



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>Haydn, Johann Michael : Missa pro defuncto Archiepiscopo Sigismundo, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, MH 155 (KL 1 :: 8)
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (05/07/2004-05/09/2004)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 12/31/1771

>Haydn, Johann Michael : Missa Sanctae Ursulae, for soloists, chorus & orchestra ("Missa Chiemsensis") MH 546 (KL 1 :: 18)
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (05/07/2004-05/09/2004)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 08/05/1793