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RNCM Chamber Orchestra and Choir

Holy Name Church, Manchester

26 June 2014

In the church where I usually attend midnight mass on Christmas Eve, a concert with a baroque flavour.

We heard a mass, Haydn’s so-called Nelson Mass or ‘Mass in anxious times’, and before that C.P.E. Bach’s second symphony.  Some fine ornamental passages and lithe moments of frenetic acceleration in the symphony.

Rather more fitting to have been at the Karlskirche in Wien for the mass than the Holy Name Church, beautiful though it is, for Napoleon’s casual conquest of that city was the cause of Haydn’s anxiety.  He could easily have stormed it again.  Anyway, the sublime music overrode all.

Wonderful and moving.