Movement 1: Regina caeli laetare
Movement 2: Quia quem meruisti
Movement 3: Ora pro nobis
Movement 4: Alleluia
The second setting of Regina coeli, K127, dispenses with trumpets and timpani, and returns to another regular wind presence, that of oboes and horns; in the slow movement the oboes are again replaced by gentle flutes. A more complex orchestral texture is evident from the start, the strings given especially busy passagework, and the chorus-writing too is more intricate. Another notable orchestral feature is Mozart’s thrilling use of high horn-writing. The second movement, Quia quem meruisti, is primarily given over to the soloist, once again presenting writing that would not go amiss in the opera house; the chorus twice enters at ‘Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia’. That second choral interpolation runs straight to the movement which is the heart of the piece, the E flat major Ora pro nobis. Here is glorious Mozart, touching yet noble, wonderful in its gently unexpected melodic turns, ornate yet utterly beguiling. The final movement is a swinging Alleluia, the soloist answered at the end of each section by the full chorus.
from notes by Robert King © 2006