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Haydn: Missa Sanctae Caeciliae
Franz Joseph Haydn, Rafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Haydn: Missa Sanctae Caeciliae
Genre: Classical
 
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This is Haydn's longest Mass setting--in fact it's as long as Beethoven's Missa Solemnis or Haydn's B-minor Mass, and it belongs in their august company. Like the Beethoven, this is what folks in the music biz call a canta...  more »

      

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This is Haydn's longest Mass setting--in fact it's as long as Beethoven's Missa Solemnis or Haydn's B-minor Mass, and it belongs in their august company. Like the Beethoven, this is what folks in the music biz call a cantata Mass. This means that the text is divided up into free-standing numbers: choruses, solo arias, and duets. The music stands midway between the Baroque and classical periods. You get the brilliant trumpet writing and polyphonic pyrotechnics of the Baroque period as well as a classical energy and dramatic force. Why the music isn't better known beats me, but Rafael Kubelik's energetic live performance, with a great line-up of soloist, certainly makes an excellent case for it. --David Hurwitz