Showing posts with label Haydn Nelson Mass. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Haydn Nelson Mass. Show all posts

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Nelson Mass in Nelson during Jan 2010

I have found out about which does choir festivals in Nelson. In summer it will be the Haydn Nelson Mass, which I know rather well. To be conducted by Sir David Willcocks. Sir David will be turning 90 just before this festival. His son Jonathan will also be conducting a work of his own composition.

The festival is open to singers of all ages. If you know any young singers, the festival is keen to hear from them and scholarships may be available (if they are not taken by now). Read the website if you interested. They have other festivals during the year.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Review of Nelson Mass

Elizabeth Bouman wrote a very favourable review of the Nelson Mass performance, in the Dunedin Town Hall on Saturday 12 September, by City of Dunedin Choir, Southern Sinfonia, soloists and conductor Simon Over. (See ODT, Monday 14 September 2009). Marian Poole reviewed the same concert for the Listener.

The Glory of Haydn, Otago Daily Times Saturday 12 September 2009, reviewed by Elizabeth Bouman:

Southern Sinfonia and City of Dunedin Choir, British conductor Simon Over and four of New Zealand's top young soloists celebrated the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death in a Glory of Haydn Concert in the Dunedin Town Hall last Saturday evening. The concert was well supported and the audience was full of praise for the Haydn work.

...Missa in Angustii (Lord Nelson Mass) is one of Haydn's grandest works, and Over certainly had the orchestra and particularly the hundred-voice choir fired up to deliver a magnificently vibrant 45-minute performance.

The choir, under musical director David Burchell, was on a decidedly homogeneous high.

The performance was gilded by clear top soprano intonation and excellent attention to dynamic shaping, with vowels which swell noticeably, not just occasionally but throughout.

Soprano Rebecca Ryan, an Otago graduate, has returned from working as a singer in Europe.

The beauty in her voice was particularly apparent in the Benedictus, and intelligence and passion in text interpretation shone throughout, with exquisitely refined shaping in long phrases

Baritone Jared Holt, although lacking weight at his lowest register, displayed extraordinary breath capacity in negotiating the long melismatic phrases which challenge soloists in this work.

Mezzo-soprano soloist Claire Barton and tenor James Rodgers also delivered with well-defined phrasing and articulation.

Equal balance of soloists also contributed to the outstanding success of this Haydn celebration.

Glory be, New Zealand Listener September 26-October 2 2009 Vol 220 No 3620, reviewed by Marian Poole:

Missa in Angustii roused the house at Dunedin Town Hall in Glory of Haydn, the Southern Sinfonia's final performance of the season. Otherwise known as the Lord Nelson and the Imperial, Haydn's mass, written in the same year Nelson routed Napoleon's fleet, is a call to "bring it on". Right from the stirring rendition of Kyrie Eleison, the City of Dunedin Choir, under the baton of Simon Over, were well on their way to winning. Fugues and offset entries in Quoniam tu Solis, the wordy Credo and Dona nobis pacem were executed with clarity and conviction, notably in the upper registers. Choir director David Burchell can be commended for their well-honed performance.

New Zealand-born soloists Rebecca Ryan (soprano), Claire Barton (alto), James Rodgers (tenor) and Jared Holt (bass) were equally well-versed, but their performance was marred by an imbalance between them and the Sinfonia. Most disadvantaged were Barton and Holt, whereas the higher voices of Ryan and Rodgers cut through successfully.

However, the glorious blend of female voices in Agnus Dei, male voices in Gloria and the brief but significantly catchy melodies and harmonies of Domine Deus overcame these shortcomings...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A quick spruik...

I promise I'll do a write-up of our fantastic concert as soon as I can manage it.

But in the meanwhile, if you're interested, you can read my own experience of last night's Haydn Concert over at my blog, The Chorister:

The art of screwing up in concerts


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Nearly There

Only an hour to go! The dress rehearsal for our Nelson Mass by Haydn was really good! Do hope the audience enjoy the performance, I know we'll enjoy singing it.

Of course the fabulous spring sunshine that we've been having in Dunedin this week has broken, and it's now blustery and rainy. But I'm sure that won't deter Dunedinites - it is not cold (unlike our previous concert in August).

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Rebecca Ryan

This is a biography for Rebecca Ryan, who will be the Soprano Soloist in the Haydn Nelson Mass. She was in the Music Department's Carmen a few years ago. She is an Otago graduate. I have the Naxos recording of the Handel Coronation Anthems, and she sings the Handel Cantata Silete venti on this disc, which is quite a brilliant piece for the soprano.

The Haydn Nelson Mass is also a brilliant piece for the Soprano soloist - the sop must have been the only good soloist available to Haydn, and she does most of the solo work.