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Boston Baroque - Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass - The Whole Note


29 January 2014
The Whole Note
Dianne Wells

Written when Haydn was in his mid-60s and at a time of great uncertainty for Europe, the premiere of this mass must have been an emotionally charged one for the citizens of Vienna - the threatened invasion by Napoleon's army having been recently thwarted by British Admiral Horatio Nelson. With the start of the Kyrie featuring a terrifying military outburst of trumpets and timpani followed by a jubilant rejoicing choir, the audience must have been deeply moved by the dramatic effect. Two years later, Haydn presented this work to the conquering hero when he visited the Esterhazy palace.

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. And the current day performers were affected by equally upsetting events. Rehearsals for the recording took place at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing, giving a much too realistic experience of the original title of the work (Mass in difficult, uncertain or anxious times). Particularly poignant is the soloist's quartet for the Agnus Dei. Following the Mass on this recording, Martin Pearlman leads the orchestra in a lively, fast-paced and vigorous rendition of Haydn's Symphony No.102, another exuberant offering most welcome and uplifting to the spirit.


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