Mozart: Solemn Vespers K339 / Coronation Mass in C K317 / Ave verum corpus K618 CD
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Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum of Dean Close Preparatory School are joined by Charivari Agréable in vividly communicative interpretations of three of Mozarts sacred masterpieces. The forces are very much as Mozart intended a period orchestra, an all-male chorus and soloists (including 2009 BBC Chorister of the Year Laurence Kilsby) drawn from the choir. Under Benjamin Nicholass spirited direction, these performances bristle with energy and the invigorating freshness of youth.
By singing much beefier repertoire than their previous recordings, the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum are a transformed body of singers. Joined here by the full-fibre period ensemble Charivari Agréable, the music is by Mozart the Coronation Mass, the motet Ave verum corpus and the Solemn Vespers and the vocal performances are ripe and fruity. Director Benjamin Nicholas draws from the Mass a scorching vitality, and fields an ensemble of soloists (award-winning treble Laurence Kilsby included) that are sure-footed and distinctive. The Ave verum is warm and unsentimental; the Vespers are as arresting as the Mass. --Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman, 29 November 2011
Top Customer Reviews
The recording is extraordinary for a start in that a boy treble sings the solos that are more usually sung on recordings by a soprano. Laurence Kilsby brings both an exceptional voice and outstanding musicality to all the solos, the Agnus Dei and Laudate Dominum being simply quite stunning. Is this the finest treble voice of this, or indeed many another, generation?
The choir, orchestra and quartet of all-male soloists under Benjamin Nicholas's direction combine to make this an absolutely superb, must-have recording.
I don't think anyone could imagine that these Mozart works could be done by a choir like Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum in such a marvellous way!
All the soloists are excellent. The choir is great. The orchestra is very good even if the timpani seem to be overdoing it a bit.
The recording is impeccable.
TASC has really surpassed itself.
Benjamin Nicholas has done a wonderful job.
The UK is really very fortunate to have choirs like this.
Coronation Mass in C KV 317
7Ave verum corpus KV 618
Vesperae solennes de confessore KV 339
Laurence Kilsby treble
Jeremy Kenyon alto
Christopher Watson tenor
Christopher Borrett bass
See also:Mozart: Requiem
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This recording is fine and the sound is lovely but the timing of the different parts could be tighter.Published 5 months ago by Heather A McIntyre
I can only reiterate the complimentary remarks of other reviewers. This is a truly excellent performance. The enclosed booklet is packed with useful information. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by Mr Anthony N Livesley