Mozart: Regina Coeli (Missa Brevis In D Major | In B Flat Major) (Andrew Lucas, Tom Winpenny, St Albans Cathedral Choir) (Naxos: 8.573092)
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During his years in Salzburg, Mozart wrote a series of shorter mass settings, for which he drew on the models of his senior colleague Michael Haydn. Regina coeli
reveals his supreme skill at writing for the solo voice. The Missa brevis in D, K. 194
is a work of great solemnity, employing a remarkable range of expressive contrasts, whilst the Missa brevis in B flat, K. 275
is notable for its sublime lyricism and grace. The Allegro and Andante in F minor, K. 608
is regarded as Mozart's finest work for the organ and has become one of the cornerstones of the organ repertory. The church music Mozart wrote in Salzburg is both ingenious and expressive, and has wide appeal. Our disc expands the choral focus.Andrew Lucas
has been Master of the Music of St Albans Cathedral and Music Director of St Albans Bach Choir since 1998 and was Artistic Director of the St Albans International Organ Festival from 1999 to 2007, directing four festivals.