'Pearlman's brisk tempos ensure buoyancy and forward momentum, never at the expense of clarity.' International Record Review
'The desirability of this recording is only compounded by the terrific reading of the 102nd... Symphony... a wonderful release... can't be recommended highly enough.' Audiophile Audition
'...a unique setting, freshly captured here by the skilled American period-instrument forces of Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman. The acoustic is resonant, the playing in the symphony is deft and lively.' The Observer
The ensemble's concerts of the Lord Nelson Mass have received rave reviews, with the Boston Globe praising the ensemble's 'magnificent performance.' The distinctive and memorable Lord Nelson Mass, arguably Haydn's greatest single composition, stirs powerful emotions, ranging from solemnity and torment to joyous celebration.
Boston Baroque's performance follows the leaner, original orchestration of Haydn's manuscript including the original vocal lines (made simpler in a later edition).
Creation soloists Keith Jameson tenor and Kevin Deas bass-baritone return for this recording, having won acclaim for their previous performances. They are joined by Mary Wilson soprano and Abigail Fischer mezzo-soprano.
The Mass is partnered on this recording by Symphony No. 102, the most powerful, brilliant and interesting of Haydn's London symphonies, giving centre stage to the ensemble's talented musicians.
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'Pearlman’s soloists — soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, tenor Keith Jameson, and bass-baritone Kevin Deas — are an appropriately anguished quartet, and the performance as a whole is a fervent one…'more >>The Arts Desk
‘Two masterpieces on a well-produced disc - brilliant music, performed with style.’more >>Audiophilia
Recommended New Release: 'The performance of both works has the sprightliness, transparency and precision of line that typically result when baroque specialists play classical-era repertoire; I also love the recording, which adds a touch of warmth…’more >>Choir & Organ
‘…a vigorously lively performance…under the exacting leadership of Martin Pearlman.’more >>Chorzeit
‘…präsentieren nun Chor und Orchester von Boston Baroque das eigenwillige Werk und machen erneut unmissverständlich klar, dass es für diese Literatur keine Alternative zu alten Instrumenten gibt…’more >>The Whole Note
‘Boston Baroque certainly captures the character of those times, deftly alternating huge dynamic ranges that switch from jubilant and boisterous celebration to reflective and prayerful gratitude.’more >>International Record Review
'...superbly rendered...vibrant, idiomatic and fluent...'more >>Crescendo
‘…ce disque est principalement dominé par une bonne humeur indétrônable. En effet, la jovialité sonore s’entend très distinctement comme elle se devine chez les musiciens heureux à leur instrument.’Audiophile Audition
'...a wonderful release...can't be recommended highly enough.'more >>New York Times
'...rhythmic verve and intensity. A fine quartet of soloists...'more >>BBC Music Magazine
'...a vigorous, well paced reading of Haydn's fieriest Mass...'more >>Infodad.com
'...how lively and alive that rediscovery has been - and with how much power and wonder...'more >>AllMusic.com
‘...precise work on historical instruments, and for clean, bright approach free from mannerism.’more >>News Observer
'An engaging Haydn... a vivid, incisive account of this uplifting music.'more >>The Obersver
'a unique setting, freshly captured...'more >>The Sunday Times
'The orchestra, in both the Mass and the symphony, play with a justified delight in this life-affirming music.'more >>Words and Music
Disc of the Day: ‘The disc makes an impact, with its comforting mass and cheerful symphony.’more >>Musical Toronto
'A boisterous Haydn Lord Nelson Mass from Boston Baroque...a sparkling performance.'more >>Classics Today
'...the big moments in the Gloria and Credo come off so effectively.'more >>
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