5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2011
Another fine exhibition of choral music from Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his troops. Great singing and orchestral playing of two of 'Papa' Haydn's well known masses with a gem of a bonus track of Insanae et vanae curae, which is a thrilling anthem and not as well known or recoded as it deseves to be.
Absolutely no hesitations is recommending this disc.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2008
Both masses are ectstatic pieces of music with unrivalled orchesration and glorious music for the human voice. If you need to be lifted out of yourself, then this is the music for you! I was fortuntate to see Gardiner in Barbcican doing the Nelson Mass and it is great to have mementos of his great interpretative work. Of the six masses, the Nelson remains my favourite with the Harmoniemesse comming a close second.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2011
This is a good recording, great to listen to and very good value. However I bought it to help me rehearse for a choir performance, which I do by playing my part on the piano along with the CD, only to discover that it is all slightly flat! Probably only an exceptional musician would notice this just by listening and it doesn't spoil the listening experience. But it does mean you can't play along with it (unless you can tune your instrument accordingly).
The sleeve doesn't mention that the CD includes Insanae et vanae curae as the final track, which is a really lovely piece in the same style.