These two masses are highly interesting, enjoyable, and well written. Vanhal (1739-1813), a near contemporary of Haydn (1732-1809), does not reach the same exalted levels as Haydn's six late masses, but who does?! These works, composed in circa 1782 and 1778, predate the late Haydn masses by about 20 years, but are in a similar style. That is, very symphonic and forward-looking; you will not hear echoes of the Baroque in these masses. Vanhal even uses the very secular oboes and horns in these works. Conductor Uwe Grodd leads the period-instrument Aradia Ensemble in splendid performances that balance the orchestral and choral forces expertly. Grodd, who also conducted a disc of Vanhal symphonies for Naxos, has shown a definite affinity for this overlooked Bohemian composer. Highly recommended.