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Penguin Guide, January 2009

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.





Richard Wigmore
BBC Music Magazine, May 2004

"...the New Zealand choir and orchestra under Uwe Grodd give lively, sympathetic accounts of both works. Movements like the brassy, extrovert ¬≠¬ĚDona 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."



William Dart
The New Zealand Herald, April 2004

"Hummel is fast becoming flavour of the year. The latest tasting is provided by a new Naxos recording of the composer's Missa Solemnis, and 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 software. Don't be misled by the Solemnis. This Mass was written for a wedding and much of it is joyous and life-affirming. Grodd keeps orchestra and choir fully fired and the sound is positively sumptuous. The four soloists (Patricia Wright, Zan McKendree-Wright, Patrick Power and David Griffiths) appear in the Sanctus, joining forces for some lovely quartet work, particularly when Wright leads the Hosanna in excelsis. The Mass is introduced by a shortish Te Deum which, if possible, is even more lively, revealing Tower Voices New Zealand as a choral force to reckon with internationally. "



Richard Wigmore
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), March 2004

"The New Zealand choir and orchestra do Hummel proud. Celebratory movements have a fine, ringing impetus, while Uwe Grodd shapes the more reflective sections with tenderness. A word, too, for the soloists in the "Sanctus" and "Benedictus", led by the shining soprano of Patricia Wright."






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