Dussek: Messe Solemnelle

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Dussek: Messe Solemnelle
Academy of Ancient Music / AAM Choir, Richard Eggar, with Stefanie True (soprano) & Gwilym Bowen (tenor)

[ AAM Records / CD ]

Release Date: Saturday 10 October 2020

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The world-premiere recording of Jan Ladislav Dussek's magnificent Messe Solemnelle, written for the name-day of Nicolas II, Prince Esterházy, in the early 1800s. A forward-thinking, adventurous composer, Dussek's music is becoming recognised as some of the most innovative of its time, and this, his last major work, is no exception. A deluxe edition, this album features a 100-page full-colour book packed with scholarship and full sung texts, presented together with the CD in a hard slipcase. Performed here for the first time since composition over two hundred years ago, the Academy of Ancient Music are directed by Music Director Richard Egarr, a champion of Dussek's music, and joined by a brilliant cast of soloists: Stefanie True, Helen Charlston, Gwilym Bowen and Morgan Pearse. Recorded from a brand new scholarly edition of Messe Solemnelle created by Reinhard Siegert for Richard Egarr and AAM from Dussek's autograph manuscript score, this album is a first-rate recording of an important piece by one of history's most unfairly neglected maverick composers.

2 CDs with BOOK

"The work is fluent, imaginatively orchestrated with impressive contrapuntal writing…This enjoyable, well recorded rendition, with lovely solo singing, has clear passionate advocacy; notwithstanding the odd rough edge the performance does Dussek's mass proud." BBC Music Magazine Awards 2022 Shortlisted - Choral

"Dussek himself could scarcely have hoped for a performance as fine as this one, with the Academy on top form, a well-drilled choir of 20 clearly in thrall to Egarr's infectious enthusiasm for the work and four finely matched soloists imparting plenty of personality...It's a fascinating work and an important project, impressively recorded, exquisitely presented and enthusiastically recommended." Gramophone Awards 2021 WINNER- Choral

"Egarr's enthusiasm for Dussek is infectious and justified by this fine performance from the well-balanced quartet of soloists and superb work from the AAM players and choir. A hugely worthwhile discovery of an unknown work by one of Mozart's most gifted younger contemporaries." Sunday Times