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Mozart: Mass In C Minor / Christophers

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass in C minor, K 427 (417a) "Great"
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Notes & Reviews:

CORO releases a brand new recording of Mozart's Mass in C minor with the Handel and Haydn Society, the United State's oldest continuously performing orchestra & chorus, and their new Artistic Director and conductor Harry Christophers. Mozart's Mass in C minor is one of the best known and most widely performed of the composer's mass settings. It is generally considered to be one of his greatest works and, as such, is often referred to as the "Great Mass."

"Under the direction of Harry Christophers, some exceptionally lively music-making ... his conducting telegraphs a constant sense of motion, as if every phrase should be going some place in particular." - Boston Globe

"The scale of Mozart's conception comes across clearly; there's grandeur and theatricality, combined with clarity in both the choral counterpoint and all the orchestral textures" -The Guardian ***

"The musical history of Boston's Handel and Haydn Society goes back to 1815, though no bones creak in Harry Christophers' radiant, lively account of Mozart's "Great Mass". The score mixes back-to-baroque counterpoint with operatic display: a bewitching blend, in safe hands with Christophers' mobile chorus and period-instrument band." -The Times ****

"The mixed voices of Boston's Handel and Haydn Society are fully equal to Mozart's florid choral writing...It offers a snapshot of America's oldest concert-giving ensemble...but also presents a commanding and compelling reading of an important if often overlooked monument in Mozart's musical development." -Gramophone Magazine

"[Christophers] fields an impressive period-instrument orchestra, and a game and regularly strong choir...Of the soloists, the finest is Gillian Keith, consistently graceful and utterly winning in the 'Et incarnatus est'" -BBC Music Magazine ***

"A live concert recording, this carries all the frisson of musicians playing with the knowledge that they've only got one crack at it. It's evident that they feel and understand this music right to its core...The soloists are a perfect match for the overall grandeur." -Classic FM Magazine ****

"Harry Christophers is best known as founder and director of the English early music chamber choir The Sixteen. His association with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston dates back to 2006. He was named the society's art director beginning with the 2009-10 season. Here he gives us a coherent and elegant performance of Mozart's unfinished masterwork. In an introductory note he speaks of the excitement as well as the risk of making recordings of concert performances."-American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Symphony Hall, Boston (01/2010).


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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass in C minor, K 427 (417a) "Great"
  • Performer: Gillian Keith (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 40 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1783