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Mozart: Mass In C Minor

Raymond Leppard/Ileana Cotrubas/Dame Kiri Te Kanawa/Werner Krenn/Hans Sotin/John Alldis Choir/New Philharmonia Orchestra
2 Jun. 1986 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 30 May 1986
  • Release Date: 2 Jun. 1986
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 1986 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 59:16
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  • ASIN: B001JT6O24
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,656 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'm trying to work out why, having owned and loved this recording in various forms for thirty years, I haven't reviewed it before. I suppose I have just taken it for granted that everyone knows this is one of the most ravishing outpourings of soprano singing ever committed to disc. If you didn't know it, please take my word for it now.

Kiri Te Kanawa and Ileana Cotrubas are in their youthful prime, soaring and trilling like two larks on a summer's evening, their voices entwining voluptuously. Each has a recognisably individual tone yet they are beautifully matched and sound quite similar in alt; particularly gorgeous is their shadowing of each other in the sprightly "Domine Deus". Te Kanawa is effortlessly lovely in the "Laudamus te", Cotrubas extraordinarily plaintive in "Et in incarnatus est", complete with a pure top C. There is a naturalness and ease to this performance which is typical of Raymond Leppard's facility with Mozart. Long before period performance was the norm, he anticipates the lightness and articulation of HIP. The only recording I have heard to rival it is Philippe Herreweghe's 1991 version (see my review) with a smaller choir, a leaner orchestral sound and soloists who contrast rather than match but provide an equally satisfying and spiritual interpretation.

Despite being a bigger band, the New Philharmonia is agile and delicate. The male soloists have a great deal less to do than the women but are equally adept; the John Alldis Choir is fleet and sonorous. A classic account of a glorious work.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Buried treasure 21 Jan. 2011
By pekinman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Back in England in the 1970s and 1980s there were a number of fine, even great, recordings of Mozart made by Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Colin Davis and, last but not least, Raymond Leppard.

I've had this recording in my life since the early 1970s and have not encountered another performance of Mozart's great Mass in c that delights from start to finish as this one does. This masterpiece falls in the huge shadow of the famous Requiem in d. The c minor Mass being the moon to the d minor Requiem's sun.

On the surface of things, early listenings, this piece is relatively sunny in comparison to the sepulcher and dark Requiem composed at the tail end of Mozart's life. But this is merely reflected sunlight (the moon again). The solemnity and graceful beauty of it is brought to the fore by Raymond Leppard's unusually slow tempos, especially in the first aria for Soprano, sung seraphically here by Ileana Cotrubas and the Gloria which is very grave and stately. I compared this performance to that of Karajan's famous recording, also with a fine pair of sopranos (Barbara Hendricks and Janet Perry) and found the old meister's tempos to be leaning in the direction of the HIPster quickster crowd. But Karajan and Leppard are both damned by the adjective 'Romantic', which I think is mistaken identity for 'Beautiful.' No scraggy, vibratoless strings here, or tootling period wind instruments. Leppard and Karajan both use modern orchestras. I should add that Leppard's New Philharmonia need fear no negative comparisons from Karajan's Berlin Philharmonic. The John Alldis Choir acquits itself very well.

Suvi Raj Grubb produced this recording. He was the brightest light at EMI before it sank into mediocrity in the ensuing decades. He and his engineer, Robert Gooch, have come up with a perfect balance between soloists, chorus and orchestra. This at a time when EMI was taking a lot of flack for it's inferior sound quality, compared to the pristine DGG and Philips.

This Leppard recording is crowned by the sublime contribution of the young Kiri te Kanawa singing the 2nd soprano arias. She and Cotrubas provide a deal of magic to an already excellent proposition.

This Mass in c is the best out there, even edging out Karajan in this piece.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The best interpretation 23 Mar. 2006
By CLB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a Mozart fan, having a very large collection including several interpretation of almost all the works. This interpretation is in my view the really best, the orchestra and choir are together delicate and powerful. Kanawa sings the 2d soprano and she is at the best of her voice. (she will sing the first soprano years later, and their is no comparaison).Cotrubas is just perfect, and the two voices are wonderful together. The tenor and the bass are great, the ensemble is simply a dream. I recommend it with enthousiasm!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Cotrubas Magic 14 April 2011
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
However modest her talents as a singer were, Constanze Mozart radiates forth from the the firmament of the C Minor Mass like the central pane of a Rose Window. Solomon was right to describe the work as her Magnificat. Accordingly, those sopranos who follow in her steps, so to speak, must sing like a Bird of Paradise - in love - if they are to do justice to this masterpiece - and that is exactly what Cotrubas does here.

Supportly aptly by the conductor, orchestra and sound-engineers, she illuminates proceedings with grace - I almost fell in love with her on the spot. Perhaps only Janowitz, at the height of her powers, could have matched her wizardry. Herbie & the Berlin Phil run Leppard close - and in certain movements they exceed him - but their soprano, Barbara Hendricks, is a little too operatic for my tastes Mozart: Great Mass in C minor.

Be it this older issue or the 2000 remastering, track it down and buy it. Today.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Songbirds singing in full-throated ease 4 Sept. 2011
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm trying to work out why, having owned and loved this recording in various forms for thirty years, I haven't reviewed it before. I suppose I have just taken it for granted that everyone knows this is one of the most ravishing outpourings of soprano singing ever committed to disc. If you didn't know it, please take my word for it now.

Kiri Te Kanawa and Ileana Cotrubas are in their youthful prime, soaring and trilling like two larks on a summer's evening, their voices entwining voluptuously. Each has a recognisably individual tone yet they are beautifully matched and sound quite similar in alt; particularly gorgeous is their shadowing of each other in the sprightly "Domine Deus". Te Kanawa is effortlessly lovely in the "Laudamus te", Cotrubas extraordinarily plaintive in "Et in incarnatus est", complete with a pure top C. There is a naturalness and ease to this performance which is typical of Raymond Leppard's facility with Mozart. Long before period performance was the norm, he anticipates the lightness and articulation of HIP. The only recording I have heard to rival it is Philippe Herreweghe's 1991 version (see my review) with a smaller choir, a leaner orchestral sound and soloists who contrast rather than match but provide an equally satisfying and spiritual interpretation.

Despite being a bigger band, the New Philharmonia is agile and delicate. The male soloists have a great deal less to do than the women but are equally adept; the John Alldis Choir is fleet and sonorous. A classic account of a glorious work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Marvellous and truly glorious account 4 Jun. 2013
By cooksinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I cannot say enough great things about this treasure. My only complaint is the shrill cd transfer that is in DIRE need of re mastering by EMI! The vinyl edition of this work had none of that problem. We can only pray that EMI will take this back to the studio and bring that wonderful sound back - cd and digital remastering of the day (late 80s and 90s) was not kind.

The John Alldis Choir is a marvel. They sound better than ANY English choir with a rich round sound like Robert Shaw got from his choirs, and very precise. If you can stand for your tweeters to scream on the loud and high sections, then get this. If you have a turntable and can find the vinyl version, GET IT short of committing a serious sin.
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