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Choir of New College Oxford
Directed by Edward Higginbottom
New College Choir's Novum label has reached its tenth issue with a fabulous Mozart release. In the short space of time of the label's existence, Novum has established for itself a reputation for excellence, integrity, innovation and looks. For the new release, we travel to Salzburg, and get inside the skin of Mozart's music for Archbishop Colloredo. Whatever the strain in personal relations between the two, Mozart produced the loveliest of compositions for his rather austere employer. New College Choir with Collegium Novum performs two of the best scores: the Litaniae Lauretanae (K195) and the Vesperae de Dominica (K321). Thrown in for good measure is the splendid orchestral Epistle Sonata in C (K329). The solo singing in these pieces is undertaken by Choir members, just as in Mozart's day. This gives the recording an unusual homogeneity. It also reveals some astonishing talent.
W. A. Mozart
Litanaie Laurentanae K195
2 Sancta Maria
3 Salus infirmorum
4 Regina angelorum
5 Agnus Dei
6 Sonata in C K329
Vesperae de Dominica
7 Dixit Dominus
8 Confitebor tibi
9 Beatus vir
10 Laudate pueri
11 Laudate Dominum
Total Playing time: 63'10''
Released November 2013
Novum: NCR 1388
'Litaniae Lauretanae (1774)... demonstrates the teenage Mozart's craftsmanship and taste, and is presented with utmost confidence and charisma by the New College Choir, lusty and open throated in attack, and fully demonstrating their appreciation of this music. The onus falls largely on the superb treble soloist, Inigo Jones, who exudes confidence and is unfazed by Mozart's tricky vocal writing; he is matched by the boy alto Michael Alchin and two choral scholars.'
David Threasher Gramophone April 2014
'The New College Choir Oxford directed by Edward Higginbottom is in remarkable form. There have been a number of splendid recent releases on their Novum label: François Couperin Exultent superi, Benjamin Britten The Sacred Choral Music and Charpentier Musique sacrée. Now comes the present disc featuring two of Mozart’s greatest sacred choral works sitting at the heart of the Oxford choir’s repertoire. The performances maintain the elevated level of quality we have come to expect.'
Read the rest of Michael Cookson's excellent review.
Robert Hugill also writes enthusiastically
'...As soon as I put the disc on, I was delighted and entranced. The performances from Higginbottom and his performers are extremely winning. The orchestra is crisp and stylish, and the choir are on strong form. As with their Couperin and Charpentier discs, I am impressed with how the group is able to produce such stylish and idiomatic performances. The disc should certainly win many admirers for Mozart's often maligned music for Salzburg.' For the rest of his review click here.