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Joseph Haydn

"Nelson-Mass"

Vienna Boys' Choir, Choir of the Wiener Staatsoper, Choralschola of the Vienna Imperial Chapel, Vienna Philharmonic, Erwin Ortner, Wolfgang Kogert

Missa in angustiis, D minor, Hob. XXII:11

Joseph Haydn composed this mass in D minor between July and August 1798. He chose the title “Missa in angustiis”, or “Mass for troubled times”, with reference to Napoleon’s ongoing war of aggression in Egypt. In September 1800 Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton visited Prince Nicolaus II. of Esterházy, who was Haydn’s patron, in Eisenstadt. During this visit they attended several concerts and, most likely, also a performance of the mass in D minor – which soon after received the by-name “Nelson mass”. This mass, like many other masses that Haydn composed at the time, was written in celebration of the prince’s wife’s name day. The solemn mass for solo singers, choir, strings, trumpets, kettle drum and organ is especially famous for its dramatic Kyrie and Benedictus – some regard it as Haydn’s most spirited composition.

Conductor: Erwin Ortner
Organist: Wolfgang Kogert
Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir, Choir of the Wiener Staatsoper and Choralschola of the Vienna Imperial Chapel
Orchestra: Members of the Wiener Philharmoniker

 

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