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Mozart - Great Mass in C minor

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer Christian Immler
Makoto Sakurada
Carolyn Sampson
Olivia Vermeulen
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-2171 SACD
EAN 7318599921716
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Nov 2016
Total time 71'17

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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  Mass in C minor, K427 52'23
01 Kyrie eleison 7'36
02 Gloria in excelsis Deo 2'23
03 Laudamus te 4'35
04 Gratias agimus tibi 1'20
05 Domine Deus 2'38
06 Qui tollis peccata mundi 5'36
07 Quoniam tu solus sanctus 3'32
08 Jesu Christe 0'40
09 Cum Sancto Spiritu 3'36
10 Credo in unum Deum 3'27
11 Et incarnatus est 8'14
12 Sanctus - Hosanna 3'35
13 Benedictus - Hosanna 5'11
 
  Exsultate, jubilate, K165 13'53
14 I. Exsultate, jubilate 4'21
15 II. Fulget amica dies 0'45
16 III. Tu virginum corona 6'15
17 IV. Alleluja 2'32
 
  Exsultate, jubilate (version with flutes) - excerpt
18 Aria: Exsultate, jubilate 4'54
 
  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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