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Mozart - C minor Mass

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Catalogue numberBIS-2171 SACD
Release date2016-11-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time71:17

Winner of the Gramophone Awards 2017: Choral Music
Following on the 2015 release of Mozart’s Requiem, Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan has gone on to record the composers Mass in C minor, K427 – the ‘Great Mass’. As the nickname indicates it is a work of unusual proportions for a mass of the Classical period – or would have been so, had Mozart completed it. It is not known for what occasion Mozart intended the work, but a letter to his father Leopold dated 4 January 1783 indicate that he may have committed himself to writing it in connection with his marriage to Constanze and a planned visit to Salzburg.
A performance of parts of the Mass did take place in Salzburg in October 1783, with Constanze performing the prominent soprano part. Two years later Mozart reused the music from the Kyrie and Gloria sections in the sacred cantata Davidde penitente, K 469, but the Mass itself was left incomplete. The present performance includes the sections completed by Mozart himself, as well as those sections for which extensive sketches by Mozart provided a basis for completion (by Franz Beyer in 1989).
Three of Suzuki’s soloists also took part in the recording of the Requiem, while the Dutch mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen makes her first appearance on BIS, shining in the aria Laudamus te. The disc closes with the celebrated cantata Exsultate, jubilate in which the soprano Carolyn Sampson glitters in the virtuosic solo part. As an appendix to the programme she and the Bach Collegium Japan orchestra also repeats the initial aria, in a less well-known later version with a slightly different text and with flutes replacing the oboes of the original.
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Extra material for download
  Mass in C minor, K427 52:23
01 Kyrie eleison 07:36 $ 1.82 USD
02 Gloria in excelsis Deo 02:23 $ 0.57 USD
03 Laudamus te 04:35 $ 1.10 USD
04 Gratias agimus tibi 01:20 $ 0.32 USD
05 Domine Deus 02:38 $ 0.63 USD
06 Qui tollis peccata mundi 05:36 $ 1.34 USD
07 Quoniam tu solus sanctus 03:32 $ 0.85 USD
08 Jesu Christe 00:40 $ 0.16 USD
09 Cum Sancto Spiritu 03:36 $ 0.86 USD
10 Credo in unum Deum 03:27 $ 0.83 USD
11 Et incarnatus est 08:14 $ 1.98 USD
12 Sanctus - Hosanna 03:35 $ 0.86 USD
13 Benedictus - Hosanna 05:11 $ 1.24 USD
  Exsultate, jubilate, K165 13:53
14 I. Exsultate, jubilate 04:21 $ 1.04 USD
15 II. Fulget amica dies 00:45 $ 0.18 USD
16 III. Tu virginum corona 06:15 $ 1.50 USD
17 IV. Alleluja 02:32 $ 0.61 USD
  Exsultate, jubilate (version with flutes) - excerpt
18 Aria: Exsultate, jubilate 04:54 $ 1.18 USD
  Album total 71:17
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan
ChoirBach Collegium Japan Chorus
SopranoCarolyn Sampson
Sampson, Carolyn
ConductorSuzuk, Masaaki
Suzuki, Masaaki
Choir & orchestraBach Collegium Japan
Mezzo-sopranoVermeulen, Olivia
TenorSakurada, Makoto
BaritoneImmler, Christian

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