RECORDINGS

Mozart Requiem

Recorded in 2013 our ground breaking recording of Mozart's Requiem and clarinet concerto played by the wonderful Benjamin Dieltjens, directed by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon and sung by the Choeur de Chamber de Namur.

 

 

No such tuning issues in Leonardo García Alarcón’s recording, and a performance that emphasises the work’s drama in a manner that puts one in mind of Teodor Currentzis’s offering from Novosibirsk. Nothing so straightforward as the Süssmayr version, either:...
— David Threasher, Gramophone, July 2013
Nonetheless the performance is a thrilling one...
this is a most enjoyable pair of performances...
lovers of period instruments will find much to give pleasure...
— Paul Corfield Godfrey, Musicweb International, August 2013
“Dieltjens is a nimble and extremely lyrical player, while not at all allowing his contemporary music-making to interfere he makes glorious range of sounds, from the most delicate pianissimo to strongly accented fortes, especially in the lower register.”
— Early Music Review, June 2013

 

Haydn Nelson Mass

New Century Baroque and the choir of New College Oxford directed by Edward Higginbottom

The scoring used in this new recording is Haydn's original primary-coloured orchestration for strings and trumpets.  This brings to the performance an arguably more characterful sound-world than when the woodwinds are employed (after the first edition by Breitkopf & Härtel).  In addition, we source the solo voices from the Choir, making the vocal ensemble fully cohesive with the chorus.

Stunning! This recording of the Nelson Mass is a triumph for all the musicians,...
— Roger Judd, Cathedral Music May 2013
This too is given a fully nuanced and sprightly performance by both choir and New Century Baroque.
— Malcolm Riley, Gramophone Magazine December 2012