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5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite, 24 July 2006
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J. Hutchings "jjhutchings" (Framlingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This was my first recording of the Nelson Mass, and it has a peculiarly English grace to it, typical of Trevor Pinnock. I love it absolutely, and even now I am still torn between this and the new Sir John Eliot Gardiner recording. As lovely as Richard Hickox's version is, it lacks that male-alto tone to bring through that particular line, most obvious at the third part of the Creed with their top D 'NON!' - a very favourite moment.

Pinnock's recording is full of class, grace, excitement and is beautifully performed. The production quality again is excellent as one would expect from Archiv.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the "Flagship", even after all these years., 2 July 2000
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"quia-nihil-sum" (Inverness,Scotland.) - See all my reviews
If you are fairly new to classical music you might easily pick up the notion that the "Nelson" Mass is the only one of Haydn's efforts in the genre worth your while in collecting.Certainly, that's the impression,that most of the beginner's guides and critical overviews seem to give.But let me tell you now,that essential listening though it is,Haydn's other 13 settings of the ordinary of the mass,are for the main part just as desirable,and when it comes to the astonishing "late" masses,of which the Nelson is one,they quite often match,and sometimes even surpass it for sheer beauty of interpretation and expression.So take my advice,and after you've bought this particular disc-as you surely must-go on to order the complete masses,which are still available in a nifty 7CD boxset,courtesy of the Decca label.The Nelson mass there is musically very good but the recording is impossible to live with.However,there are plenty other treasures to feast your ears on,and I'm sure that once you've listened to them,you will wonder how you've survived so long in the world without them in your possession.
Anyway,to the matter at hand.From the ominous opening bars of the"Kyrie",with it's menacing trumpets and timpani,it's clear that we are in for a stormy musical sea-passage,and indeed the outer movements are as turbulent and anxious as anything Haydn wrote.In fact,the actual name of the mass i.e."Missa in Angustiis",or "Mass in straitened times" comes to seem singularly appropriate. Yet for all it's fury and flying spray,we do emerge at times into calmer waters,and I'm thinking especially of the "Qui tollis" section of the Gloria,where the bass is accompanied by some lovely scoring for the strings and organ.Then there is the emotional and gravitational centre of the whole piece,the "Et incarnatus" in the Credo.It takes the form of a quite gorgeous aria for the soprano (Felicity Lott on great form)and is my favourite section of the whole mass.It's followed by the tragic descent to the "et sepultus est",and here I must make mention of the glorious contribution of the English Concert choir.Their superb word-painting is a distinctive feature of this recording in general,but the heart-rending emotion they draw out of the "Crucifixus" is absolutely wonderful.My hat is off to you ladies and gentlemen should you ever pass this review in you travels
The "Benedictus" here is a world away from the serene,prayerful setting that you may have come to expect at this point in the proceedings,and it's interesting to compare this forceful and downright violent interpretation with the corresponding section in the "Heiligmesse".Talk about "chalk and cheese"! If you haven't heard the latter yet;then boy, are you in for a treat as it's one of the most exquisite creations in all music.
The "Agnus Dei" gives us a little respite and time to collect our shattered nerves before launching us once more into the crashing waves of the "Dona nobis pacem" which catagorically demands peace,rather than petitioning God for it on bended knee.But it is the only possible way Haydn could have concluded such an unsettling journey through the liturgy,and if we are cast ashore slightly battered and bruised by it all,at least we had the privilege of glimpsing true beauty in the midst of the tempest.
It was a brilliant notion of whoever chose the programme for this CD to conclude it with the marvellous "Te Deum".It has comparable sonorities and orchestration to the main item,but is much more celebratory as a whole,and gives our excellent choir a golden opportunity to bawl their lungs out in certain places! By the way,is it just me,or does the opening figure for the strings,sound just like the Jerome Moross score for the western,"The Big Country"? I've never heard any critic refer to it,but surely it has that same sweeping impetus that conjures up images of the praries and high Sierra.Perhaps it's entirely my imagination,but check it out for yourself and tell me I'm not crazy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recorded in 1986 and still arguably the best available, 22 Oct 2013
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This fine disc, well recorded in 1986, delivers a totally thrilling and enlivening recording of both the Nelson Mass and the Te Deum. This is home territory for Pinnock, his orchestra and choir to which he has added a fine set of solo singers.

This is one of the most energetic late masses by Haydn written towards the end of his life. There is an urgency about the writing and a demand of God to care rather than a more modest request. This is music written by a man in a hurry with no time to spare and Pinnock absolutely captures the urgency of the music.

At the time of this recording the period movement was fully established with complete control over the technical matters to do with the technical problems of playing period instruments. Gone were the moments of doubtful tuning and gone too were the sour or thin string tones. What we are left with is a thrillingly incisive composition where we can hear everything that Haydn had so carefully balanced for maximum effect.

Given the undoubted excellence of this disc and its longevity, it has been a valued member of my collection for 235 years so far, I can only suggest that it continues to be considered as a front runner for anyone contemplating buying a disc of the music either now or in the foreseeable future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great recording, 10 Dec 2012
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A great recording of a masterpiece from Haydn . This work deserves to be better known as it is a real treat
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haydn - Wonderful Pure magic, 21 Feb 2014
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This is a wonderful recording of Missa in Augustiis. From the beginning to the end I was spell bound. The clarity of the choir and soloists was wonderful and I would recommend this CD to anyone who has a passion for Haydn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied customer, 14 Feb 2014
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E. M. Hughes (Powys mid-Wales) - See all my reviews
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Brilliant recording. Sound balance excellent and quality of singing superb - very useful in helping me learn my part for local choir performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 29 Dec 2013
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Superb. This fully met my expectations and made a great Christmas present for a relative as I had planned earlier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Te Deum, 17 Nov 2013
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J. Pearson "SEARCHER" (UK) - See all my reviews
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Good quality recording - especially as it was very cheap. I needed the Te Deum rather than the Nelson Mass as it's to be included in the next concert of Northampton Philharmonic Choir which takes place on December 7th 7.30pm at Christ Church Northampton. [We are also singing Missa Sancti Nicolai and a couple of lesser-known carols.]
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haydn's Nelson Mass, 12 May 2009
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B. U. Pierce (Worthing UK) - See all my reviews
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Although not the very latest, this is still a very good recording. I do recommend it.
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