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HUMMEL: Missa Solemnis / Te Deum. Naxos 8.557193

Conductor(s): Uwe Grodd

Orchestra(s): New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Choir(s): TOWER Voices New Zealand

Artist(s): Griffiths, David; McKendree-Wright, Zan; Power, Patrick; Wright,


"…the New Zealand choir and orchestra under Uwe Grodd give lively,
sympathetic accounts of both works. Movements like the brassy, extrovert Dona
nobis pacem' have an exhilarating impetus, while lyrical sections are shaped
with real tenderness. A word, too, for the quartet of soloists in the Sanctus
and Benedictus, led by Patricia Wright's shining soprano." BBC Music

“Here with New Zealand forces, including the brilliant professional
chamber choir, Tower Voices, we have the longest of Hummel's five Masses in
coupling with an electrifying setting of the Te Deum. Both were written in 1806,
and one is constantly reminded that this was the period of the Napoleonic wars,
when each of these works so often features martial music with fanfares, trumpets
and drums. Unlike most Anglican settings, this Te Deum ends on a grand
fortissimo. A thrilling issue, all the more recommendable at super-bargain
price.” Penguin Guide

“..double Kiwi credits are due with this recording. First, for the
performances by Tower Voices New Zealand, the NZSO and local soloists under the
inspired baton of Uwe Grodd. Second, the score was published by Allan
Badley's Arataria Press, which has made the sort of international inroads that
would receive national coverage if Badley's business was produce or

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