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Mozart: Coronation Mass; Missa brevis K192; Exsultate, jubilate / Susan Gritton, soprano

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 1 in E flat major, K 67 (41h)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 7 in F major, K 224 (241a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 6 for soloists, chorus & orchestra in F major (missa brevis), K. 192 (K. 186f)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 1 in E flat major, K 67 (41h)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 7 in F major, K 224 (241a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 6 for soloists, chorus & orchestra in F major (missa brevis), K. 192 (K. 186f)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
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Notes & Reviews:

On this disc, the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge performs Mozart's 'Coronation Mass' alongside four distinguished soloists and the period instrument ensemble St John's Sinfonia. Notably, soprano Susan Gritton has amassed a vast discography that has earned her two Grammy nominations and includes, for Chandos, recordings of works by Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Vaughan Williams. The 'Coronation' Mass achieved great renown after its performance at the Imperial Coronation in Prague, which took place nine months after Mozart's death. The opulence of the Gloria, in particular, is unmistakable, and the alternations between soloists and choir add drama to the text, which Mozart scored with operatic clarity. Here the choir forcefully praises and glorifies, while the soloists more intimately bless and worship. Also on this disc is Susan Gritton's first-ever recorded performance of Mozart's dramatic solo cantata Exsultate jubilate, and a motet for the Feast of Corpus Christi, Ave verum corpus.

BBC Music Magazine
Violinists Margaret Faultless and Simon Jones prove lively exponents of the two sonatas...The vocal soloists, including soprano Susan Gritton, never sound as if they've been bussed in from the opera house, but skilfully match the direct, intelligently shaped singing of the choir...the sound throughout is solid.

Gramophone Magazine
The St John's boys are in fine voice...St John's Sinfonia, led by the college's msuician-in-residence Margaret Faultless, offer transparent accompaniment, with Mozart's ingenious horn parts particularly audible.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
The performances are all agreeably light in texture and crisp in rhythm, though I find them short on personality. So, while there is little to argue with, there is also little that seems distinctive and compelling. The choral work is very good, though the boys don't have the supple quality and blend of (adult) women. And the strings, nicely articulate as they are, don't have the warmth of modern groups. Susan Gritton has a darker voice than I would ideally cast for Exsultate, Jubilate; but she handles the runs very well, and the high notes (not quite so high at period pitch!) are secure.

MusicWeb International, December 2012
The best things about it are the performances of the choir and orchestra. The former sing with fervour and sensitivity as required, and the tang of the period instruments and subtlety of phrasing of the latter is full of character.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/19/2011-07/21/2011).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317
  • Performers: George Humphreys (Baritone); Frances Bourne (Mezzo Soprano); Susan Gritton (Soprano); Sam Furness; John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Ensemble: Choir of St John's College Cambridge
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1779

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 1 in E flat major, K 67 (41h)
  • Performers: Margaret Faultless (Violin); Simon Jones (Violin); Kate Aldridge (Double Bass); Andrew Skidmore (Cello); John Challenger (Organ)
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1767

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317
  • Performers: George Humphreys (Baritone); Frances Bourne (Mezzo Soprano); Susan Gritton (Soprano); John Challenger (Organ); Sam Furness
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1779

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 7 in F major, K 224 (241a)
  • Performers: Margaret Faultless (Violin); Simon Jones (Violin); Kate Aldridge (Double Bass); Andrew Skidmore (Cello); John Challenger (Organ)
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1776

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317
  • Performers: George Humphreys (Baritone); Frances Bourne (Mezzo Soprano); Susan Gritton (Soprano); Sam Furness; John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1779

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
  • Performer: John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 6 for soloists, chorus & orchestra in F major (missa brevis), K. 192 (K. 186f)
  • Performers: George Humphreys (Baritone); Frances Bourne (Mezzo Soprano); Susan Gritton (Soprano); Sam Furness; John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1774

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
  • Performers: Susan Gritton (Soprano); John Challenger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1773