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5.0 out of 5 stars Venerable but still full of life
I prefer a traditional approach to Mozart so none of the four recordings I have just compared would meet with the approval of those who want a performance in the latest fashion; however, this 1972 recording strikes me as being as vivacious and sprung as any I have heard, in no wise ponderous or soggy.

Two of my comparative recordings were Karajan's 1975 studio...
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2.0 out of 5 stars BE VERY CAREFUL
The dis is excellent but...as very often with Amazon, the information about the disc provided on the web page is quite inaccurate. You do NOT get the Exsultate jubilate (around 16 minutes complete) but only the first 3 minutes of the work. You do not know of this until the disc arrives, when you will be very disappointed. I regret to say this is not untypical of the...
Published on 26 Feb. 2010 by DGFratter


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Venerable but still full of life, 29 Mar. 2014
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Ralph Moore "Ralph operaphile" (Bishop's Stortford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mozart: Coronation Mass/Vespera (Audio CD)
I prefer a traditional approach to Mozart so none of the four recordings I have just compared would meet with the approval of those who want a performance in the latest fashion; however, this 1972 recording strikes me as being as vivacious and sprung as any I have heard, in no wise ponderous or soggy.

Two of my comparative recordings were Karajan's 1975 studio recording and the Command Performance for Pope John Paul II ten years later in St Peter's Basilica. The former is indeed a bit leaden and fields a less impressive team of soloists, Tomowa-Sintow singing well and sporting a good trill but not sounding special, while tenor Werner Krenn is plaintive - although the quartet as a whole sings homogeneously and Van Dam is his usual, noble self. There is little spiritual fervour or drive and the chorus's words are indistinct. No; that recording is an also-ran, The St Peter's recording is another matter, transmitting a real sense of occasion, the reverberation of the large space adding grandeur but not occluding the musical lines. Tenor Gösta Winbergh offers a much more virile tone than Krenn but the glory of the recording is Kathleen Battle's radiant "Agnus Dei"; I would want it purely for her angelic contribution even if the performance as a whole did not have other merits.

However, the same may be said of Ileana Cotrubas's singing for Marriner here; it is a performance to match her partnership with Te Kanawa under Leppard in the C minor Mass. There is a special beauty to her soprano and she is well matched with an excellent team of soloists - even Robert Tear, whose tenor can elsewhere sound very throaty - plus a highly energised, responsive, dynamically graded accompaniment from Marriner and the ASMF. The other items are equally enjoyable; another reviewer has absurdly awarded this one star because it wasn't clear enough to him that only the "Alleluia" from K.165 "Exsultate, jubilate" is given here as a bonus, sung indifferently by Erna Spoorenberg; nonetheless, this is a five star compilation.

Generally speaking the basses in all four recordings are admirable and at least three sopranos - Cotrubas, Battle and, for Colin Davis in his very early 1967 recording, Helen Donath - all soar delightfully in the wonderful Agnus Dei. I don't find Davis quite as animated as Marriner and the sound is a bit muddy; his John Alldis choir are splendid but the performance as a whole is a little four-square - although nowhere near as marmoreal as Karajan in 1975.

My first choice remains with this Marriner recording on Decca, now available for virtually nothing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars BE VERY CAREFUL, 26 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: Mozart: Coronation Mass/Vespera (Audio CD)
The dis is excellent but...as very often with Amazon, the information about the disc provided on the web page is quite inaccurate. You do NOT get the Exsultate jubilate (around 16 minutes complete) but only the first 3 minutes of the work. You do not know of this until the disc arrives, when you will be very disappointed. I regret to say this is not untypical of the shoddy information and lack of customer care which seems to happen far too frequently with Amazon.
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