Dussek: Messe Solemnelle

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Label: AM
Catalog: AAM011

True, Stefanie; Academy of Ancient Music; Charlston, Helen; Bowen, Gwilym; Pearse, Morgan; Egarr, Richard; Academy of Ancient Music Choir

This album presents the world-premiere recording of Jan Ladislav Dussek's 'Messe Solemnelle', probably unheard since its composition over 200 years ago. This remarkable work is performed by the Academy of Ancient Music and the Choir of AAM under Music Director Richard Egarr, who are joined by a superb cast of soloists: Stefanie True, Helen Charlston, Gwilym Bowen, and Morgan Pearse. This landmark recording was made in London in autumn 2019 and is presented in a deluxe edition with 100-page full-color booklet containing a plethora of scholarship and insight into Dussek and the times he lived in and composed for. A colorful character and intrepid international man of mystery, Dussek's music matches his fascinating life story. Ahead of its time and breaking new ground, the harmonic and structural twists and turns of this Mass setting - one of the last works Dussek ever wrote - make it something every music-lover should hear.

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