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Released to coincide with Boston Baroque's 40th Anniversary Season,Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass is the anticipated follow up to Haydn: The Creation which launched the orchestra's partnership with Linn in 2012.
The ensemble's concerts of the Lord Nelson Mass have received rave reviews, with the Boston Globe praising the ensemble's ' magnificent performance.' The distinctive and memorable Lord Nelson Mass, arguably Haydn's greatest single composition, stirs powerful emotions, ranging from solemnity and torment to joyous celebration.
Boston Baroque's performance follows the leaner, original orchestration of Haydn's manuscript including the original vocal lines (made simpler in a later edition).
Creation soloists Keith Jameson tenor and Kevin Deas bass-baritone return for this recording, having won acclaim for their previous performances. They are joined by Mary Wilson soprano and Abigail Fischer mezzo-soprano.
The Mass is partnered on this recording by Symphony No. 102, the most powerful, brilliant and interesting of Haydn's London symphonies, giving centre stage to the ensemble's talented musicians.
'Pearlman's brisk tempos ensure buoyancy and forward momentum, never at the expense of clarity.' International Record Review
5 stars - 'The desirability of this recording is only compounded by the terrific reading of the 102nd... Symphony... a wonderful release... can't be recommended highly enough.' Audiophile Audition
'...a unique setting, freshly captured here by the skilled American period-instrument forces of Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman. The acoustic is resonant, the playing in the symphony is deft and lively.' The Observer