Bruckner: Complete Masses - Te Deum

Bruckner: Complete Masses - Te Deum
Composer Anton Bruckner
Artist Chamber Choir of Europe
Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
Nicol Matt conductor
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Heinz Rögner conductor
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 94669
EAN code 5028421946696
Release May 2013

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Described and caricatured as an eccentric and even as a late developer, Anton Bruckner, born in Linz, Austria, in 1824, is today considered one of the greatest late-Romantic composers. Famed for his symphonies – grand, epic creations that are individually linked responses to the notion of absolute music – Bruckner was also a fine choral composer. This 2CD release is dedicated to his three Masses and Te Deum of 1884.

Indeed, Bruckner was not quite forty by the time he came to write his Mass No.1 in D Minor. An extraordinary modern work, it was universally acclaimed upon receipt of its first performance, and was essentially responsible for Bruckner finally leaving the excessively long years of study behind him. Its success also spawned the Mass in F Minor, a work that coincided with important biographical events in the composer’s life – including the death of his venerated teacher, Simon Sechter. While the Third and final Mass was written for choir and 15-strong wind orchestra, a combination suited to the work’s open-air premiere on the Linz Cathedral Square, the Te Deum – perhaps the composer’s finest piece of choral writing and one which is musically related to the Seventh and Ninth Symphonies – was composed between 1881 and 84. When Bruckner realised that he would not be able to complete his Ninth Symphony, he is said to have considered using the Te Deum as its final movement.

The Chamber Choir of Europe and the Rundfunkchor Berlin are the two eminent choral bodies featured on this release, expertly directed by Nicol Matt and Heinz Rögner respectively and accompanied by a host of acclaimed soloists. All in all, this is an engaging release that represents a worthwhile addition to Brilliant Classics’ ever-expanding vocal catalogue.

Other information:
- Recordings: September – October 1988, Christuskirche, Berlin†; 20–25 January 2003, Württemberg*
- Anton Bruckner, a devout Austrian Catholic, is the creator of 9 mighty symphonies, cathedral like structures “den lieben Gott gewidmet”, which in their vast religious scope might be described as masses without words. Bruckner wrote 3 “official” Masses and a Te Deum, works of startling originality, power and mysticism, taxing the choral and orchestral forces to the utmost.
- Performances by two excellent German choirs, the Chamber Choir of Europe, and the Rundfunkchor Berlin.
- Booklet contains liner notes and the complete sung texts.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Mass No. 1 in D Minor: Kyrie
  2. Mass No. 1 in D Minor: Gloria
  3. Mass No. 1 in D Minor: Credo
  4. Mass No. 1 in D Minor: Sanctus
  5. Mass No. 1 in D Minor: Benedictus
  6. Mass No. 1 in D Minor: Agnus Dei

Disk 2

  1. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Kyrie
  2. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Gloria. Gloria in excelsis
  3. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Gloria. Qui tollis
  4. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Gloria. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
  5. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Gloria. In Gloria Dei Patris
  6. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Credo. Credo in unum Deum
  7. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Credo. Et incarnatus est
  8. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Credo. Crucifixus
  9. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Credo. Et resurrexit
  10. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Credo. Et in spiritum sanctum
  11. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Credo. Et expecto
  12. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Credo. Et vitam venturi
  13. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Sanctus. Sanctus
  14. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Sanctus. Hosanna in excelsis
  15. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Benedictus. Benedictus
  16. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Benedictus. Hosanna in excelsis
  17. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Agnus Dei. Agnus Dei
  18. Mass No. 3 in F Minor: Agnus Dei. Dona nobis pacem

Disk 3

  1. Mass No. 2 in E Minor: Kyrie
  2. Mass No. 2 in E Minor: Gloria
  3. Mass No. 2 in E Minor: Credo
  4. Mass No. 2 in E Minor: Sanctus
  5. Mass No. 2 in E Minor: Benedictus
  6. Mass No. 2 in E Minor: Agnus Dei
  7. Te Deum: Te Deum
  8. Te Deum: Te ergo
  9. Te Deum: Aeterna fac
  10. Te Deum: Salvum fac
  11. Te Deum: In te Domine speravi