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Novum continues to celebrate the magnificent work of New College Choir - in the classics of the choral repertory, and in its byways. Here, in Haydn's Nelson Mass, they tackle one of the most frequently climbed summits in the choral range.
The metaphor is not misplaced: the work makes high demands on singers and orchestra alike, not least in the coloratura writing for the solo soprano (here sung brilliantly by the leading treble), and the virtuoso string writing (delivered with youthful panache by New Century Baroque). These qualities give the New College performance an unusual lustre and presence. The Mass is coupled with Haydn's ever-popular motet Insanae et vanae curae.
Franz Joseph Haydn: Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass"
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi
Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Credo: Credo in unum Deum
Credo: Et incarnatus est
Credo: Et resurrexit
Franz Joseph Haydn: Insanae et vanae curae
Insanae et vanae curae
Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob.XXII:11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass"
Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
“Many excellent recordings abound but none has such a particular drawing points as on the disc released here, which features the treble Jonty Ward singing the soprano solos. His tone is warm and even, with a hint of a 'continental' flavour. His tuning is spot-on throughout...this is a polished disc of great music and deserves to be widely heard.”
“This latest account...is less punchy, more liturgical than some, but scarcely less intent in purpose. Instead of the usual operatic soloist in the florid solo soprano passages, we have a remarkably secure and expressive boy treble in Jonty Ward, while the Choir of New College sing with all their usual focus.”
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