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.