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Requiem in C Major; Miserere in E minor/Flötenkonzerte. Laurence Dean; Christina Ahrens-Dean

Academic journal article Notes

Requiem in C Major; Miserere in E minor/Flötenkonzerte. Laurence Dean; Christina Ahrens-Dean

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Johann Adolf Hasse. Requiem in C major; Miserere in E minor. Il Fondamento / Paul Dombrecht. Naïve/Opus One OP30464, 2008 [1993].

Johann Adolf Hasse. Flötenkonzerte. Laurence Dean; Christina Ahrens-Dean. Hannover Hofkapelle. Christophorus CHR 77294, 2008 [2000].

Like William Boyce and Michael Haydn, Johann Adolf Hasse is a composer whom I discovered (with great delight) only fairly recently, and I have since been anxious to discover more. These two discs are of rather strange provenance, but both are exceptionally worthwhile. Unless you are tipped off by the midline pricing or recognize the Baroque Voices series statement for what it is, you may be surprised to find, tucked inside the slipcase of the Requiem recording, the otherwise unaltered 1993 issue of this disc, complete with its original packaging and catalog number (Opus One OPS 30-80). As usual, the brilliant Il Fondamento ensemble is in top form on their performances of the solemn and powerful Requiem mass and the even more emotionally gripping eight-movement Miserere setting. On the latter, relatively large instrumental forces are wielded to very powerful effect, and the surging orchestral chords halfway through the "Miserere mei Deus" section are especially impressive (though the voices seem to be fighting to be heard and could have been mixed a bit more prominently). …

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