This CD was such a find - I am thrilled with it. Kings choir is very good in the recording of the Nelson Mass; the balance is right and the boys are just sparkling, esecially on the high notes. The Vivaldi Gloria is also well-done; I reckon that the performance here was made during the transition period from the heavy interpretations of the past to the more delicate 'original instruments' revolution that we still have today. However this Gloria is *far* more gutsy and wholesome than the rather bland L'Oiseau Lyre version. The soprano/alto duet 'Laudamus Te' is wonderful, complete with very gooey trills!
The real jewel on this album though is Sylvia Stahlman in the Nelson Mass. Initially her voice sounds delicate and a bit brittle, but she soon warms up and positively soars in the Kyrie and the Gloria. Add to this her wonderful interpretation of the words (e.g. Quoniam to solus *sanctus*) and you've got a top singer. There's also a very sweet photo in the sleeve, of her sitting outside King's chapel! Tom Krause was also good.
The third item is Zadok the Priest. I still cannot decide whether I prefer this version to Cleobury's version or not. It is certainly brighter but it can sound a bit harsh and bouncy. It's good though. Listen out for the very enthusiastic counter-tenor on 'May the King live forever!'!!!
I love this CD: three great recordings.