The Six Great Masses (Haydn)

The Six Great Masses
Director of Music: 
George Guest
Release date: 
January 1972
Featuring: 
  • The Choir of King's College, Cambridge (conducted by David Willcocks)
Record label: 
Argo
Catalogue number: 
Argo SDD 841-846

As a result of this recording the following letter was sent to the Dean of St John's (the Revd S. W. Sykes) by Robert Armstrong (Secretary to the Prime Minister):

 

10 Downing Street

Whitehall

12 October 1972

 

Dear Mr Dean,

The Prime Minister [Sir Edward Heath] has asked me to thank you for your letter of 11 October. The recordings of Haydn Masses which he gave to the Pope were the six recordings published by Argo; and of course, as you know, the Saint John's College Choir are included in five of the six. The Prime Minister is glad to think that it may please the Choir to know that the sounds of their voices may well be echoing round the Vatican.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Armstrong

Track list
  1. Theresienmesse
  2. Harmoniemesse
  3. Heiligmesse
  4. Schöpfungsmesse
  5. Paukenmesse
  6. The Nelson Mass (recorded by The Choir of King's College, Cambridge directed by David Willcocks)

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Introit: Byrd  Gloria Tibi Domine
Tye: Missa Euge Bone
Gradual: Psalm 68 vv. 1–10 (tone v)
Preacher: The Chaplain 
Credo: VI
Hymns 239, 494 (tune 413)
Voluntary: Tomkins A Substantial Verse

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