Mozart Masonic Music
Freemasonry and its beliefs and sense of a human brotherhood independent of birth or wealth played an important part in the short life of this composer, who never lived to see the movement banned in Austria in the 1790s on the grounds that it was socially unsettling. Since Haydn and Beethoven also became Masons, it's clear that the secret society with its solemnities and high ideals had a special meaning to several major artists. Besides his opera
The performances here are dedicated and skilful under Istvan Kertesz, with the tenor soloist Werner Krenn having the right kind of warm, earnest timbre, while the recording balances the various vocal and instrumental forces well. This is a valuable reissue of unusual repertory at mid price.'