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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…'
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Crescendo
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Boston Baroque - Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass - BBC Music Magazine


14 December 2013
BBC Music Magazine
Bryan Northcott

Boston Baroque here celebrates its 40th anniversary of pioneering period performance in the US with a vigorous, well paced reading of Haydn's fieriest Mass - composed in the summer of 1798 around the time that Nelson was decimating Napoleon's fleet at the battle of the Nile, and premiered as news of the victory reached the Esterhazy Palace at Eisenstadt. Recorded in a not-too-resonant acoustic, this new account opens with impact...And the quartet of soloists led by agile soprano Mary Williams proves a well integrated team...
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