Harry Christophers to release Mozart Mass

Harry Christophers, Artistic Director of The Sixteen, will release his first recording with the US-based Handel and Haydn Society on CORO in September.

The recording, of Mozart’s Mass in C minor, was made live at a concert in Boston’s Symphony Hall in January 2010.

The Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus is the USA’s oldest continuously performing arts organisation and a leader in the field of period performance. They are joined on the album by soloists Gillian Keith, Tove Dahlberg, Thomas Colley and Nathan Berg.

This release is the first in a series of CORO recordings by the Handel and Haydn Society under Harry Christophers’ direction, which will include Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass. The CORO label was launched in 2001 by Harry Christophers and his ensemble The Sixteen.

Harry Christophers commented on the collaboration: “I feel very privileged to lead this august society in its first project with CORO… Yes, the Handel and Haydn Society was founded in 1815. Handel was the old, Haydn the new, and what we can do is continue to perform the music of the past but strip away the cobwebs and reveal it anew.”