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HAYDN, J.: Masses (Complete) (Trinity Choir, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Burdick, Glover) (8 CD Box set)

Composer(s):Haydn, Franz Joseph
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.508009
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Today Haydn is viewed mainly in the light of his string quartets and symphonies, yet his first and last compositions were Mass settings. They encompassed an extraordinary musical output, within which his Masses shine as uplifting and deeply satisfying sacred works. Whilst acknowledging the Viennese traditions of church music, these Masses are infused with the kind of inspiration and originality that make Haydn an undisputed master in so many genres.


Review By Tom Moore,Early Music America,October 2010

Who really knows Haydn? Such a productive composer, and over such a long life-span (1732–1809), stretching from the High Baroque to the beginnings of the Romantic period. And who really knows his masses? Haydn and Mozart were the last composers for whom settings of the mass were an important part of their oeuvre, and yet it is rare to have the opportunity to hear these works, whether in concert performance or in their original context in the Catholic liturgy, certainly by comparison with the instrumental works by these masters.


Review By Martin Hoffmann,Concerti,January 2010


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,October 2009

Hats off to Naxos for soldiering on with its “Complete Haydn” project. I believe there has only been one other recording that grouped all the masses together (on London), but that did not include the lovely and moving Stabat Mater. This is indeed a monumental project, and all those involved in it deserve a big round of applause. Even if the vocal soloists are not all of operatic calibre (sacred music recordings seldom attract the big names), the performances are never less than respectable. The Trinity Choir and Rebel Baroque Orchestra manage a big sound when called upon; conducting roles are shared by J. Owen Burdick and Jane Glover. The acoustics of Trinity Church in NYC are very good and in some respects (clarity, for one) preferable to the grandeur



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