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This studio recording marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of the much maligned and musically overlooked father of the Mozart we all think of when we read that name, seeking to rehabilitate Leopold’s sacred output through this captivatingly expressive Cantata-Mass (previously assigned to Wolfgang’s catalogue as a juvenile work). Enjoyable sleeve notes by Sylvie Kürsten quote father and son in touching homages to one another. Chorus, soloists and orchestra achieve great expression from De Marchi’s keen direction. Affective is Leopold’s adoption of muted trumpets and dampened timpani, as in the Crucifixus from Wolfgang’s Waisenhausmesse. Every delight reveals as much of young Mozart’s early influence as it does of his father’s talent.

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