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Nelson Mass: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with John Butt

Kings Place, Hall One, N1 9AG, [Venue Details]

John Butt directs the OAE, Choir and Stars of the Enlightenment in Haydn’s late master work, the ‘Nelson’ Mass.

Described by scholar HC Robbins Landon as ‘arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition’, the Missa in angustiis’ or troubled times was a triumph over adversity.

In war-torn 1798 when Prince Nicolaus II had sent the wind players home to save money, Haydn embarked on a Mass for only strings, organ, trumpets and timpani.

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