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Full disclosure.. I'm an agnostic who enjoys western sacred music with Latin lyrics with the notable exception of the Missa Solemnis, which I never cared for.
Anyway, last night I listened several times to Haydn's Heiligmesse conducted by Sir Neville Marriner. It's such a great performance in every way -- much superior to John Eliot Gardiner's version.
If you love Haydn, wish to learn to love Haydn, or wish to learn to love sacred music, suggest you give a listen...
Don't know the Helix Mass. : ) As for the symphonies, good old Scherchen finally won me over to Haydn.
I'm very interested in McCreesh's new Seasons; the hunting horns are very lively.
I think the only couple I have right now are Marriner's SkD recording and Hickox's first one (recorded before he went HIP on us) which features a very young Barbara Bonney in her prime.
I'd also love to hear the old Ferencsik recording on DG with the redoubtable Maria Stader singing solo soprano.
I'll have to trust you on this - I tend to run the other way when JEGgie gets his claws on a particular piece of music. ;-)
I have the Mariner recording you show and I'm certainly glad that it's available. Mariss Jansons did the Harmoniemesse a few years ago, and I'd certainly be interested to hear what he'd do with the Heiligmesse too.
Original CD issue of the Marriner recording
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