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4.0 out of 5 stars Sacrality and the Muse, 27 April 2014
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This review is from: Mozart : Great Mass in C minor (Audio CD)
As he descended from Mount Tabor, JC said to his disciples, "Verily, get your money on number four in the last race down at the dog-track!" Whoops - that's from the gnostic Gospel of St Sid of Ladbrokes! In actual fact, he said, "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come."

The more I listen to K 427 and the Mass in B Minor, the more I view them in this light: it's the composer as evangelist. They're as canonical as the usual quadriga.

I'm as guilty as anyone of treating Sir Neville Marriner and the ASMF in the diminutive - nemesis is mine when I encounter a recording such as this; it pugnaciously sent me to the canvas. Recorded in 1994, this is a sensational performance of a masterpiece. It's gusty, passionate and reverential - just how I love my Mozart. Marriner and his cohorts generate stupendous amounts of torque. For once, the strings of the ASMF have a golden glow to their timbre. Indeed, in a blindfold test I would have been hard-pressed to identify them as such. Their colleagues in the ASMF Choir sound like a chorus of giants and giantesses. Collectively, they provide introit into the great mystery. The performance of the Qui Tollis is as harrowing as the flagellation scene in The Passion Of The Christ Definitive Edition [HD].

So why deduct a star? The singers are somewhat . . . . . matronly if not dowdy. Recorded some twenty three years after her famous outing with Sir Colin Davis, Te Kanawa is a master of her art even if her voice has less bloom than before. Her rival in this work, Ileana Cotrubas, is less a soprano and more of a hierophant in the Kyrie and Et Incarnatus est (Mozart: Mass in C Minor); try as she might, Kiri does not elicit the same magic. Anne-Sofie von Otter is as reliable as ever. The men have less to do in the Mass. I have never been impressed by Anthony Rolfe Johnson; would one walk over broken glass to hear this voice? I suggest not. Here, his contribution is satisfactory and nothing more. Robert Lloyd (born 1940) made some stellar recordings back in the Sixties and Seventies - two decades downstream, his voice wobbles intermittently.

Mention must be made of the recording of Ave Verum Corpus: it's a five-star triumph and numinously so. While I daresay it's deceptively easy to bash out K 618, performances of note are surprisingly rare. Herein, Sir Colin Davis (Universal) and Theo "Ursus" Guschlbauer (Erato) have a rival. One could purchase this disc for it alone.

The recording is stupendous. Hail Sir Neville!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Feb. 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Nov. 2014
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