Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - BRSO

Haydn: Missa in B-flat major “Harmoniemesse”

CD: Mariss Jansons – Haydn "Harmoniemesse" © BR-KLASSIK Label

A special concert event by the Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. In October 2008, Mariss Jansons conducted a pure Haydn programme in the magnificent Abbey Basilica of Waldsassen in the Upper Palatinate.

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Haydn’s Harmoniemesse” is one of the six large masses of his late oeuvre, which he composed on commission from the Prince of Esterházy. Its name refers to the work’s unusually large wind instrumentation, just as the last large masses in general only became possible after the Josephinian restrictions on church music were lifted and Haydn once again had a larger instrumental ensemble at his disposal from 1792. Timpani and trumpets are also used in the Symphony in G major, Hob. I:88, but not, as one would expect, in the opening Allegro, but rather – contrary to every contemporary expectation – in the slow second movement!

Sinfonia in D major, Hob. Ia:7
Symphony in G major, Hob. I:88
Mass for soloist, choir and orchestra in B-flat major, Hob. XXII:14 (“Harmoniemesse”)

Malin Hartelius soprano
Judith Schmid alto
Christian Elsner tenor
Franz-Josef Selig bass

Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Mariss Jansons conductor

Art.-Nr. 90010209