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

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...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Haydn - Missa in Angustiis : 1 Kyrie

Haydn - Missa in Angustiis : 2 Gloria in excelsis Deo

Haydn - Missa in Angustiis : 3 Qui tollis peccata mundi

Haydn - Missa in Angustiis : 4 Quoniam tu solus sanctus

Haydn - Missa in Angustiis : 5 Credo in unum Deum

Haydn - Missa in Angustiis : 6 Et incarnatus est

Haydn - Missa in Angustiis : 7 Et resurrexit

Haydn - Missa in Angustiis : 8 Sanctus

Haydn - Missa in Angustiis : 9 Benedictus

Haydn - Missa in Angustiis : 10 Agnus Dei

Haydn - Missa in Angustiis : 11 Dona nobis pacem

Monday, March 9, 2009

Nelson Mass

For those who use Noteworthy Composer there are practice files at It is a zipped file by John Hooper with each section as a separate file. It is arranged for SATB (sounding as piccolo, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon voices ) and piano (converted to strings etc) The texts of each section are included in the zipped file, but unfortunately he hasn't entered the words into the score.

For those who do not have Noteworthy Composer there is a free viewer for these files at Click on Free Viewer button. You cant edit files with this nor can you import midi files. You can also download the full version before buying it by click on the "Try It" option from the same web page


Monday, December 29, 2008

Lord Nelson Mass

Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount of Nelson as Vice Admiral, portait painted by Lemuel Francis Abbott.The plan is that we'll be performing Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass in September 2009. Here is a bit more about this mass (from Wikipedia):

The Missa in Angustiis ("Mass for troubled times") or Nelson Mass (Hob. XXII:11), is one of fourteen masses written by Joseph Haydn.

Haydn's chief biographer, H. C. Robbins Landon, has written that this mass "is arguably Haydn's greatest single composition." Because of a shortage of musicians at the court at that time, it is scored for just strings, trumpets and timpani. Later editors and arrangers added what they perceived to be missing woodwind parts, but the original scoring has again become the accepted choice for modern performances.

Though in 1798, when he wrote this Mass, Haydn's reputation was at its peak, his world was in turmoil. Napoleon had won four major battles with Austria in less than a year. The previous year, in early 1797, his armies had crossed the Alps and threatened Vienna itself. In May of 1798, Napoleon invaded Egypt to destroy Britain's trade routes to the East.

The summer of 1798 was therefore a terrifying time for Austria, and when Haydn finished this Mass, his own title, in the catalogue of his works, was "Missa in Angustiis" or "Mass in Time of Distress." What Haydn didn't know when he wrote the Mass - but what he and his audience heard (perhaps on the very day of the first performance September 15) was that on August 1, Napoleon had been dealt a stunning defeat in the Battle of the Nile by English forces led by Admiral Horatio Nelson. Because of this coincidence, the Mass gradually acquired the nickname "Lord Nelson Mass."

Here are some video samples:
Credo (1)
Credo (2)
Credo (3)