Serena Bozzo Soprano
Margherita Maria Sala Mezzo-soprano
Salvatore De Benedetto Tenor
Piermarco Viñas Bass

Cappella Musicale della Cattedrale di Pisa
Orchestra da Camera di Mantova

Coro di voci bianche Bonamici
Angelica Ditaranto Choirmaster

Riccardo Donati Conductor

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Mass in B flat major ‘Theresienmesse’, Hob:XXII:12 for solo voices, choir and orchestra

Anonymus author, Nenia Basca
Licinio Refice (1883-1954), Dormi non piangere
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897),
Ninna Nanna
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), La Vergine degli angeli (transcript M. Spaccazocchi)
Traditional, Noël Noël

Franz Joseph Haydn spent most of his long career in Austria, as a chapel master at the Esterházy court. Composed by the staff of this family’s private chapel, in the midst of the two most famous and most frequently executed sisters, the Missa in Angustiis and the Missa solemnis in B flat major, the Theresienmesse of 1799 unjustifiably produced lesser fortune. Even the nickname is veiled by misunderstandings: it is commonly believed that Teresa, to which she is named, is the great Roman sacred Maria Theresa empress, happily passed away nineteen years before the composition of the mass. It is instead the more modest Maria Teresa, consort of the emperor Francesco I; although in reality, the true dedicator of this, as of all the other Masses composed by Haydn from 1795 onwards, was the beautiful princess Marie Hermenegild Esterházy born Liechtenstein, wife of Nicolaus II.

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