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This week’s free download is the Kyrie from Haydn’s 'Nelson Mass' in a recording from the choir of New College, Oxford and conductor Edward Higginbottom.

The Mass was written in 1798, at the height of the Napoleonic Wars and there are several stories about how the piece acquired its name – Lord Nelson may have heard it performed, it was completed on the day that Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of the Nile by Nelson...

Whatever the reason behind the name, Haydn’s Miss in Angustiis has become one of his best-loved works. 

The recording, on the Novum label, was given four stars in the March issue of BBC Music Magazine.

Our critic Bayan Northcott wrote: ‘Instead of the usual operatic soloist in the florid soprano passages, we have a remarkable secure and expressive boy treble in Jonty Ward, while the Choir of New College sing with all their usual focus.’