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Friday, January 03, 2020

Mozart - "Coronation Mass (Radio Philharmonic Orch. & NL Radio Choir)" [Classical]

Coronation Mass (Radio Philharmonic Orch. & NL Radio Choir)

"Coronation Mass (Radio Philharmonic Orch. & NL Radio Choir)" music video by Mozart
Added: 03-01-2020
Genre : Classical
Description : Mozart: Coronation Mass/Krönungsmesse - Radio Philharmonic Orchestra & Netherlands Radio Choir - HD

The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir led by Jan Willem de Vriend perform the grande missa brevis ‘Coronation Mass’ by Mozart during the AVROTROS Friday Concerto of Friday the 20th of December 2019.

On the musical programme:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Coronation Mass/Krönungsmesse, Mass No. 15 in C major, K. 317

The musicians:
The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
The Netherlands Radio Choir
Jan Willem de Vriend [conductor]
Ruby Hughes [soprano]
Beth Taylor [alto]
Matthew Swensen [tenor]
Henning von Schulman [bass]

Recording: Friday the 20th of December 2019, live in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands.


The Krönungsmesse (German for Coronation Mass) (Mass No. 15 in C major, K. 317; sometimes Mass No. 16), composed in 1779, is one of the most popular of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 17 extant settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. This setting, like the majority of Mozart's mass settings, is a missa brevis, or short mass (as opposed to the more formal solemn masses or high masses, known as missas solemnis).

The mass in C major was completed on March 23, 1779 in Salzburg. Mozart had just returned to the city after 18 months of fruitless job hunting in Paris and Mannheim, and his father Leopold promptly got him a job as court organist and composer at Salzburg Cathedral. The mass was almost certainly premiered there on Easter Sunday, 4 April 1779. The first documented performance was at the coronation of Francis II as Holy Roman Emperor in 1792.

In the early twentieth century, Johann Evangelist Engl, the archivist of the Salzburg Mozarteum, expressed the view that this mass was composed for and took its name from a remembrance celebration for the crowning of the image of the Virgin at Maria Plain outside Salzburg. This theory has been discounted.

The mass appears to have acquired the nickname Krönungsmesse (Coronation Mass) at the Imperial court in Vienna in the early nineteenth century, after becoming the preferred music for royal and imperial coronations as well as services of thanksgiving. The nickname was included in the first edition of the Köchel catalogue of Mozart's works in 1862.

Musical allusions to this mass appear in the slow movement of the Symphony No. 98 and the Harmoniemesse of Mozart's contemporary, Joseph Haydn.

Tags : 2019, 10s, Mozart