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Re: “Mozart Grand Mass

I am reviewing only 1/2 of this show, the Mozart Grand Mass part, as I sang it, and the other 1/2 found me in the back room waiting. The chorus was beefy, and just what I expected. Well prepared and sharp, with a couple of off moments. These included a totally exposed tenor line which came off a bit high and tight, and the long runs on one occasion in the bass line, slowed, simply because of the absolute audacity of the composer to think sections of singers could hold these lines together without shifting to staccato and changing the words to ducka-ducka-ducka. The women's sections absolutely rocked this piece. Mozart, as usual, pushes the heck out of his chorus, but thanks to his genius, he also doubles some of the exposed areas in the brass or winds. This allows them to stop ego-popping out his gorgeous lines, as to do so covers the chorus. Herr Zofti reigned in the OSO courteously, and though he was new to them, they were wonderful in synchronizing with the chorus via his ideas. The choir then has to be careful not to be out of touch with its' accompanist, and if singing correctly, can rely on the symphonic backup, but lead to Mozart's conclusions. Mozart also demands piano effects and this choir does that so well. All in all, this was a terrific show, and remarkably for me, my section was
rhythmic, attentive and "up and out of the music" and had a blast doing this for the crowd as well. Please check out future OSO and PSC concerts, as they are such a combo! We do the Messiah together at Christmas time this year! Massfan#1

Posted by Massfan#1 on 09/26/2010 at 9:14 AM

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