Haydn, Lord Nelson mass: Editions
Thanks to those of you who wrote with opinions about what edition to use of
Haydn's "Lord Nelson" Mass. The responses are collected below.
I prefer the Robbins-Landon edited version from Schott, both for Vocal
scores & instrumental parts. By far the best.
I did the Lord Nelson Mass here a couple of years back. We used the Peters
Edition for piano-vocal AND instrumental parts. Pretty clear as far as I
remember, although I have not used other editions for comparison.
Barenreiter is very good looking and easy to sing from. But it is plagued
with errors (not least of which some solo lines which Haydn revised for a
not so good soprano -- why B chose THAT instead of H's original, I don't
know). The orchestra parts are pristine,and there's and organ continuo part
for the "original" version without winds.
I think Oxford has a newer edition that's quite good.
I think the Schott, edited by H.C. Robbins-Landon, is the only edition to
use. It's based on the best scholarship. It's one of my very favorite
pieces. Have fun working on it!