Mozart: Complete Masses, Vol. 2
Format: COMPACT DISC
Kölner Kammerorchester; Poppen, Christoph; Konradi, Katharina; Romberger, Sarah; Timoshenko, Mikhail; Mitterrutzner, Martin; WDR Rundfunkchor Köln
This second album of Mozart’s complete Masses (Volume 1 is on 8.574370) pairs one work of exceptional dimensions and ambition with a miniature example. The ‘Great’ Mass in C minor is one of Mozart’s most spectacular and cast on such a scale that it embraces every human and spiritual emotion, reconciling the Salzburg tradition with that of Italian opera. The Mass was left incomplete by Mozart– it is heard here in a performing version made by the German musicologist and Mozart specialist Franz Beyer. By comparison the Missa brevis in C major exudes a spirit of festive concision.