on 14 December 2013
The music of Mozart is elegant, melodic and endlessly inventive and the Choir of New College, Oxford is, in my estimation, second to none. So, put those two elements together and good things are going to happen! This is most definitely the case with this superb recording, which features two of Mozart's finest choral works framing an excellent instrumental Sonata. I especially like the balance between instruments and choir, which is spot on. Some of the vocal parts are really quite challenging and difficult, especially so for the soprano soloist (Inigo Jones) who has to negotiate some very tricky sections. This boy has a strikingly beautiful tone to his voice, which is bright and crystal clear. Just listen to, and be amazed by, his vocal gymnastics in the "Laudate Dominum",which he performs faultlessly.
The good work that Edward Higginbottom has achieved with the choir over the years cannot be under-estimated. He took one of the best choirs in England and evolved it into the world class ensemble that we can all enjoy today.
I very much hope that more Mozart magic will come from New College, as they obviously have a genuine affinity and understanding of his work. I would also like to congratulate Novum, New College's record label, for producing very attractively designed (and practical) CD covers, which have a neat "gate-fold" style and come with copious and informative notes and translations of texts.
on 28 September 2014
Just to correct previous reviewer, the choir is all-male, so the soloist in the Litany is er... a boy.
As much as I love the Cotrubas recording referred to, this is one provides an awesome combination of scholarship & musicianship - right down to the German pronunciation of the Latin text...