Haydn Symphony No. 44 in E minor, ‘Trauer’, Hob. 1:44
Nelson Mass (Missa in Angustiis), Hob. XXII:11
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
John Butt conductor
Described by scholar HC Robbins Landon as ‘arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition’, the Missa in angustiis’ or troubled times was a triumph over adversity.
In war-torn 1798 when Prince Nicolaus II had sent the wind players home to save money, Haydn embarked on a Mass for only strings, organ, trumpets and timpani.
The result – a lean, fiery work of symphonic drama, with a spectacular Kyrie for soprano – has become one of his best-loved works.
First performed on the day Nelson defeated Napoleon at the Battle of the Nile, it acquired its nickname.
The Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment preface the Mass with Haydn’s darkly turbulent Trauer Symphony No. 44