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VANHAL: Missa Pastoralis / Missa Solemnis

Composer(s):Vanhal, Johann Baptist
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.555080
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Rad Bennett,Schwann Inside,October 2001

"Maestro Grodd, who won a Cannes Classical Award for a previous recording of Vanhal's symphonies, has an uncanny knack for pacing that keeps the music moving at exactly the right speed, and he pays attention to every detail without sacrificing the whole. The recording is close yet properly balanced. At the low Naxos price, it is a must-have item."

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Vanhal’s Pastora Mass has a delightfully lyrical cantabile feeling, which gives the music a warmth and Arcadian simplicity that is very beguiling. Not all the solo contributions are absolutely secure, especially when two female voices are combined, but the choral response is very persuasive and the result is most rewarding. The Missa solemn is is rather more conventional, but Vandal’s setting is still richly enjoyable with the Bendictus and Agnus Dei particularly lovely. And he always makes the most of his ‘Amens’. The spacious recording adds to one’s enjoyment, and any minor reservations are swept aside when the disc is so inexpensive.


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