Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C minor, K 427 (1990)
Arleen Auger, soprano; Lynne Dawson, soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; David Thomas, bass
Winchester Cathedral Choir; Winchester College Quiristers
The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood, conductor
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 97 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Vocal | Label: Decca, L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 425 528-2 | 00:51:25
When Richard Maunder's editions get together with Christopher Hogwood and co, you know instantly that the result will be spot on. The sound of the boy treble line (singing alto as well) is earthy yet in tune, and well complemented by the strong lower parts. The orchestra is supportive yet unobtrusive. The dynamics and phrasing are all well chosen and executed. The choice of soloists is inspired, especially Arleen Auger - such a beautiful voice. It is just a pity that there is not more on the disc - some have argued in the 'Dona ut Kyrie' tradition that an Agnus Dei could be tacked on at the end using the music of the Kyrie. An excellent recording.