Rochester Cathedral provides a magnificent setting for two exquisite choral works in this Summer Concert by Rochester Choral Society with the Rochester Sinfonietta, conducted by John Hancorn. Composed for liturgical use in Salzburg Cathedral, the six movements of Mozart’s “Solemn Vespers” create a musical rainbow of contrasting moods based on five psalms, including his well-known and beautiful setting of “Laudate Dominum,” and concluding with a boisterously celebratory setting of the “Magnificat” Canticle for Vespers. Haydn’s “Theresienmesse,” completed in 1799, is another work of great variety and rhythmic energy. One of six masses written for his patron, Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy II, it is named after Maria Theresa, the empress consort of Francis II, the first emperor of Austria, who was herself an accomplished soprano soloist.
In this performance, vocal soloists will be: Susan Young (Soprano), Janet Shell (Mezzo-soprano), Michael Jamieson Smith (Tenor) and Colin Campbell (Bass).
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