Mozart: Coronation Mass
Symphony No. 85 in B flat major 'La Reine'
Exsultate, jubilate, K165
Teresa Wakim (soprano)
Mass in C major, K317 'Coronation Mass'
Teresa Wakim (soprano), Paula Murrihy (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Cooley (tenor) & Sumner Thompson (baritone)
Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers
Following the success of the Mozart Mass in C minor and Requiem releases, CORO is delighted to announce its third recording with Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society. Soloists Teresa Wakim, Paula Murrihy, Thomas Cooley, Sumner Thompson joined Harry and the Society to record Mozart’s Coronation Mass live at Boston’s Symphony Hall earlier this year.
Mozart’s Mass in C major is one of his most popular and enduring works. Know as the ‘Coronation Mass’ – a nickname it acquired following a performance conducted by Antonio Salieri in 1791 in Prague at the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia – it includes the beautifully tender Agnus Dei. Alongside the Mass on this CD are Mozart’s soprano solo Exsultate, jubilate, beautifully performed by Teresa Wakim, and Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 85, which was a favourite of Marie Antoinette, leading to the name ‘La Reine’, by which it is still known today.
Harry Christophers was appointed Artistic Director of Boston’s internationally acclaimed Handel and Haydn Society in 2008. Founded in 1815, the Society is considered the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the U.S. and has given the American premieres of major works by Handel, Bach and Haydn, has won a Grammy Award, and will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015.