MICHAEL HAYDN (1737-1806): Missa Sancti Nicolai Tolentini, MH 109, Vespri Pro Festo Sanct Innocentium (compiled Nikolaus Lang [1772-1837]), Anima Nostra, MH 452.
Catalogue Number: 12W021
Description: Michael Haydn’s colorful and inventive music is uplifting and expressive in equal measure, but he has been eclipsed by his elder brother and by Mozart. Sacred music is central to Michael oeuvre and was considered by some contemporary critics as superior to Joseph’s. Encompassing a broad range of textures and styles, parts of the Missa demonstrate Haydn’s music at its most exhilarating and energetic, and his supreme gift for empfindsames (‘sensitive’) lyrical writing is also to be heard in the Vespers. Jenni Harper, Emily Owen (sopranos), Helen Charlston (mezzo), Marko Sever (organ), St. Albans Cathedral Girls Choir, Lawes Baroque Players; Tom Winpenny.