Mozart: Mass in C minor

Pink chrysanthemum

La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe
harmonia mundi HMG 501393 (© 1992)
+ Meistermusik K. 477 (479a)

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]lthough this performance has aged well, for me it still lags behind the Eliot Gardiner version. Unusually for a Herreweghe recording, I was aware of a little too much micro-management, especially at cadences. As you would expect, the vocal and instrumental forces are first rate; to wrong an unpardonable oversight in the packaging (as far as I can see, at least), the four soloists are Christiane Oelze, Jennifer Larmore, Scott Weir and Peter Kooy (spellings from the cover of the original release).

Brian Clark