Mozart - The Salzburg Marian Mass | CD Accord ACD215

Mozart - The Salzburg Marian Mass

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Label: CD Accord

Cat No: ACD215

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 1st June 2015

Contents

Artists

Piotr Alexewicz (soprano)
Kacper Dawiec (soprano)
Marcin Liwien (alto)
Maciej Gocman (tenor)
Jerzy Butryn (bass)
NFM Boys’ Choir
Singers of the NFM Choir
Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble

Conductor

Andrzej Kosendiak

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Alma Dei creatoris, K277
Ave verum corpus, K618
Church Sonata no.1 in E flat major, K67
Church Sonata no.6 in B flat major, K212
Church Sonata no.7 in F major, K224
Church Sonata no.10 in F major, K244
Missa Brevis in B flat major, K275
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, K273

Artists

Piotr Alexewicz (soprano)
Kacper Dawiec (soprano)
Marcin Liwien (alto)
Maciej Gocman (tenor)
Jerzy Butryn (bass)
NFM Boys’ Choir
Singers of the NFM Choir
Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble

Conductor

Andrzej Kosendiak

About

On 9th September 1777 Mozart composed the gradual Sancta Maria KV 273, namely a day after the feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary and two weeks before embarking on his extensive journey to Munich and Paris with high hopes for the future. The work was written as a prayer for the safekeeping of his family. The same year he also wrote another Marian piece – the offertory Alma Dei Creatoris KV 277 and Missa brevis KV 275. The journey turned out to be a total disaster aggravated by dashed hopes of a foreign career, unrequited love for Aloysia Weber, but above all the death of his mother (she died on 3rd July 1778 in Paris, where she is buried).

One should bear in mind that in past centuries the High Mass was celebrated in a completely different manner from today. Congregation participation was minimal and relied mainly on experiencing the drama’s mystery that unfolded before the eyes of the faithful. Furthermore, it was possible for nearly all sections of the Mass to be performed by singers and instrumentalists or they could be purely instrumental.

Our reconstruction is complemented with Mozart’s ecclesiastical sonatas, and the recording features a boys’ choir and an ensemble of historical instruments modelled on Salzburg instrumental ensembles from Mozart’s time.

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