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Haydn: Nelson Mass

King's College Choir

Haydn: Nelson Mass

...with Janet Baker
UNI004 (Decca)
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Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Kyrie

Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Kyrie

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / London Symphony Orchestra
05:07 Play
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Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo

Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / London Symphony Orchestra
03:30 Play
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Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Gloria: Qui tollis

Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Gloria: Qui tollis

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / London Symphony Orchestra
04:29 Play
4
Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Gloria: Quoniam

Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Gloria: Quoniam

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / London Symphony Orchestra
02:46 Play
5
Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Credo: Credo in unum Deum

Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Credo: Credo in unum Deum

01:54 Play
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Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Credo: Et incarnatus est

Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Credo: Et incarnatus est

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / London Symphony Orchestra
04:17 Play
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Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Credo: Et resurrexit

Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Credo: Et resurrexit

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / London Symphony Orchestra
03:47 Play
8
Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Sanctus

Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Sanctus

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / London Symphony Orchestra
02:24 Play
9
Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Benedictus

Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Benedictus

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / London Symphony Orchestra
06:02 Play
10
Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei qui tollis

Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei qui tollis

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / London Symphony Orchestra
03:29 Play
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Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem

Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / London Symphony Orchestra
02:47 Play
12
Gloria in D, R.589: Gloria in Excelsis

Gloria in D, R.589: Gloria in Excelsis

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / Academy of St. Martin in the fields
02:41 Play
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Gloria in D, R.589: Et in terra pax

Gloria in D, R.589: Et in terra pax

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / Academy of St. Martin in the fields
04:36 Play
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Gloria in D, R.589: Laudamus Te

Gloria in D, R.589: Laudamus Te

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / Academy of St. Martin in the fields
02:20 Play
15
Gloria in D, R.589: Gratias Agimus Tibi

Gloria in D, R.589: Gratias Agimus Tibi

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / Academy of St. Martin in the fields
00:31 Play
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Gloria in D, R.589: Propter Magnam Gloriam

Gloria in D, R.589: Propter Magnam Gloriam

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / Academy of St. Martin in the fields
01:02 Play
17
Gloria in D, R.589: Domine Deus

Gloria in D, R.589: Domine Deus

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / Academy of St. Martin in the fields
03:57 Play
18
Gloria in D, R.589: Domine Fili unigenite

Gloria in D, R.589: Domine Fili unigenite

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / Academy of St. Martin in the fields
02:22 Play
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Gloria in D, R.589: Domine Deus, Agnus Dei

Gloria in D, R.589: Domine Deus, Agnus Dei

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / Academy of St. Martin in the fields
03:25 Play
20
Gloria in D, R.589: Qui tollis

Gloria in D, R.589: Qui tollis

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / Academy of St. Martin in the fields
01:13 Play
21
Gloria in D, R.589: Qui sedes ad dexteram

Gloria in D, R.589: Qui sedes ad dexteram

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / Academy of St. Martin in the fields
02:51 Play
22
Gloria in D, R.589: Quoniam tu solus sanctus

Gloria in D, R.589: Quoniam tu solus sanctus

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / Academy of St. Martin in the fields
00:50 Play
23
Gloria in D, R.589: Cum sancto spiritu

Gloria in D, R.589: Cum sancto spiritu

Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / Academy of St. Martin in the fields
03:02 Play
24
Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem No.1, HWV 258)

Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem No.1, HWV 258)

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Sir David Willcocks
Band King's College Choir, Cambridge / English Chamber Orchestra
06:07 Play
Total Running Time 75 minutes
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A strong programme of great choral classics representing three of the most exhilarating performances from the famous King's College Choir, recorded in the thrilling acoustic of King's College Chapel, Cambridge.

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Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Academy of St Martin in the Fields has an enthusiasm for fresh, brilliant interpretation of the world's most loved classical music.
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Dame Janet Baker

Dame Janet Baker

Baker was an acclaimed master of both opera and lieder for more than 30 years.  In 2011 she was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Gramophone Magazine.
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English Chamber Orchestra

English Chamber Orchestra

The English Chamber Orchestra is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, its discography containing 857 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers.
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King's College Choir

King's College Choir

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge is one of today's most accomplished and renowned representatives of the great British choral tradition.
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London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world's leading orchestras. Since its formation in 1904, it has always attracted excellent players from all over the world.

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Sir David Willcocks

Sir David Willcocks

Sir David Willcocks is best known for conducting King's College Choir Cambridge and The Bach Choir.
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Originally recorded in the early 1960's, this recording has been re-mastered at 24-bit/96 kHz from the original master tapes.

The Argo/King's recordings from the 1950s and 1960s achieved a 'classic' status which has been unsurpassed (the unique 1963 King's recording of Allegri's Miserere is one of the key releases in the initial Legends collection). During the 1950s the Argo/King's recordings concentrated on unaccompanied choral music and services ('A Festival of Lessons and Carols', etc.) and then, in 1962, came this spine-tingling account of Haydn's dramatic 'Nelson Mass'.

The 'Nelson Mass' is described by the noted Haydn expert, H.C. Robbins Landon, as 'arguably Haydn's greatest single composition'. Haydn certainly did not write another work which generates such extraordinary power and energy, and this aspect is fully realised in this vivid performance from King's. Here is a work of high drama, with blazing trumpets, soaring solo soprano lines, vigorous choral music and a climax in the Benedictus of truly shattering impact. The 'Nelson Mass' does also have moments of repose (the bass solo Qui tollis and the soprano solo Et incarnatus est) and these tend to heighten the drama of the music which surrounds them.

This recording of the 'Nelson Mass' uses the original score - featuring high trumpets and solo organ. It is this version which creates a much more exciting impression than later "toned-down" versions of the score. The programme is completed with King's recordings of two other well-known choral works - Vivaldi's Gloria, RV 589 (recorded 1966) and Handel's Coronation Anthem 'Zadok the Priest'
(recorded 1963).

'The performance is very fine indeed ... Sylvia Stahlman's firm and fresh voice rings out clearly in the dramatic and florid passages allotted to her and is beautifully expressive in the few softer passages. Helen Watts and Wilfred Brown are admirable and it is a pleasure to hear Tom Krause's fine voice in this well-balanced team. He sings the solo part in 'Qui tollis' of the Gloria splendidly ... the boys sing with heart-warming vitality and radiant tone and here again the choral balance of parts is good; the organ comes through well and the LSO are in fine form ... This is an issue of outstanding interest and importance ... a performance which sends shivers down the spine.' Gramophone


'When these recordings first came out, far in advance of the period instrument revolution, they were revelations. Though modern instruments were used, there was an effort to get performance practices right, especially in the Handel and Vivaldi. And there was the incredibly powerful, absolutely heavenly sound of that chorus of men and boys, as well as the lifelike recordings that perfectly captured the vast space of the Chapel of King's College. Since that time there have been other performances that depict the letter of each work to a greater degree than these, but many listeners will argue that there are none that have better encapsulated the spirit of this music. Though reference recordings of the Haydn and Vivaldi are listed, I have to admit that there are no readings that I like better than these. The opening of the Haydn, with Sylvia Stahlman soaring to the heights in the best performance of her short-lived career, is one of the more powerful moments in the history of recorded choral music, and this version of the Handel anthem still stands as the best recording of that work. Stahlman is not alone, as Elizabeth Vaughan, Dame Janet Baker, Helen Watts, Wilfred Brown, and Tom Krause all have many moments of vocal glory. These are star-studded "great singing" recordings in which the artists will be remembered as much as the music itself.'  ClassicsToday.com


Extract from the sleeve notes by Andrew Parker

Argo's project to record all of Haydn's Masses started with the relatively large-scale performance of the 'Nelson Mass' by King's in 1962. This was almost ten years before the early music revolution began to gain force in Britain, and perhaps the tempi and performance style, as well as employing reduced forces of the London Symphony Orchestra, now seem dated. Yet I remember myself how stunning and vital these performances sounded then, and indeed Alec Robertson described the recording as 'an issue of outstanding interest and importance' in Gramophone magazine at the time.

Performers:

Sylvia Stahlman, soprano
Helen Watts, contralto 
Wilfred Brown, tenor
Tom Krause, baritone
Elizabeth Vaughan, soprano
Janet Baker, contralto
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
English Chamber Orchestra
Sir David Willcocks


Recording information

Recording location: Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, in July/August 1962 (Haydn), July/August 1963 (Handel)
Producer: Andrew Raeburn
Recording engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson

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