Schubert: Complete Masses

Schubert: Complete Masses
Composer Franz Schubert
Artist Kari Lövaas soprano
Hilke Helling alto
Soile Isokoski soprano
Christoph Prégardien tenor
Virtuosi di Praga
Wiener Kammerchor
Bach Collegium Berlin
Kammerchor Stuttgart
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 95127
EAN code 5028421951270
Release November 2015

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There’s so much Schubert, it’s easy to underestimate the large sections of it that are hardly listened to for reasons of changing taste or convenience. The two late Masses are masterpieces to rank alongside the three great songcycles and piano sonatas, the two piano trios and C major Symphony; accordingly they retain a place at the edge of the concert repertory. The case of the other four is more complex: of more practical dimensions for liturgical use, they are nonetheless devotional works organised more by Schubert’s musical inspiration than any doctrinal considerations, to which he never paid more than lip-service in his own turbulent life.

Nonetheless, the most cursory attention given to the opening Kyrie of his First Mass, written for the church in Lichtental associated with the family, should demonstrate that the work was not undertaken casually or lightly. However, the especially radiant soprano solo may (as so often with Schubert) have a personal inspiration: in this case the affection and desire the 17-year-old composer was beginning to feel for the soprano Therese Grob. One of Schubert’s more reliable friends recalled a conversation, years later, in which the composer had confessed of Grob that ‘I loved someone very dearly and she loved me too…. For three years she hoped I would marry her; but I could not find a position which would have provided for us both.’

The Third Mass, D.324 in E flat, is hardly less expansive, though now less often encountered than the pleasantly undemanding turn of the Second in G, D.167 with its tender Agnus Dei. The performances in this box set are a useful compendium of Schubert performing styles from the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany, culminating in a superbly detailed account of the E flat Mass D950, directed by Frieder Bernius, among the greatest living choral conductors in the German tradition.

Although Schubert was not a traditionally religious person he found in the latin Liturgic text a consolation and an expression of his own personal emotions, both jubilant and despondent. Therefore his Masses are the reflection of his own beliefs and doubts, his deep feelings about life and death.
This set contains the complete 6 Latin Masses and the “Deutsche Messe”. Performers include the excellent Virtuosi di Praga and the Prague Chamber Orchestra, soloists Soile Isokoski, Kari Lövaas, Christoph Prégardien, Kammerchor Stuttgart, conductors Hans Gillesberger and Frieder Bernius.
Booklet contains extensive liner notes.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Messe No. 1 in F Major, D. 105: I. Kyrie
  2. Messe No. 1 in F Major, D. 105: II. Gloria
  3. Messe No. 1 in F Major, D. 105: III. Credo
  4. Messe No. 1 in F Major, D. 105: IV. Sanctus
  5. Messe No. 1 in F Major, D. 105: V. Benedictus
  6. Messe No. 1 in F Major, D. 105: VI. Agnus dei
  7. Salva Regina in A Major, D. 676
  8. Magnificat in C Major,D. 486

Disk 2

  1. Messe No. 2 in G Major, D. 167: I. Kyrie
  2. Messe No. 2 in G Major, D. 167: II. Gloria
  3. Messe No. 2 in G Major, D. 167: III. Credo
  4. Messe No. 2 in G Major, D. 167: IV. Sanctus
  5. Messe No. 2 in G Major, D. 167: V. Benedictus
  6. Messe No. 2 in G Major, D. 167: VI. Agnus dei
  7. Messe No. 4 in C Major, D. 452: I. Kyrie
  8. Messe No. 4 in C Major, D. 452: II. Gloria
  9. Messe No. 4 in C Major, D. 452: III. Credo
  10. Messe No. 4 in C Major, D. 452: IV. Sanctus
  11. Messe No. 4 in C Major, D. 452: V. Benedictus
  12. Messe No. 4 in C Major, D. 452: VI. Agnus dei
  13. Messe No. 3 in B-Flat Major, D. 324: I. Kyrie
  14. Messe No. 3 in B-Flat Major, D. 324: II. Gloria
  15. Messe No. 3 in B-Flat Major, D. 324: III. Credo
  16. Messe No. 3 in B-Flat Major, D. 324: IV. Sanctus
  17. Messe No. 3 in B-Flat Major, D. 324: V. Benedictus
  18. Messe No. 3 in B-Flat Major, D. 324: VI. Agnus dei

Disk 3

  1. Mass No. 5 in A-Flat Major, D. 678: I. Kyrie
  2. Mass No. 5 in A-Flat Major, D. 678: II. Gloria
  3. Mass No. 5 in A-Flat Major, D. 678: III. Credo
  4. Mass No. 5 in A-Flat Major, D. 678: IV. Sanctus
  5. Mass No. 5 in A-Flat Major, D. 678: V. Benedictus
  6. Mass No. 5 in A-Flat Major, D. 678: VI. Agnus dei
  7. Deutsche Messe, D. 872: I. Zum Eingang
  8. Deutsche Messe, D. 872: II. Zum Gloria
  9. Deutsche Messe, D. 872: III. Zum Evangelium und Credo
  10. Deutsche Messe, D. 872: IV. Zum Offertorium
  11. Deutsche Messe, D. 872: V. Zum Sanctus
  12. Deutsche Messe, D. 872: VI. Nach der Wandlung
  13. Deutsche Messe, D. 872: VII. Anhang. Das Gebet des Herrn
  14. Deutsche Messe, D. 872: VIII. Zum Agnes
  15. Deutsche Messe, D. 872: IX. Schlussgesang

Disk 4

  1. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: I. Kyrie. Kyrie eleison
  2. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: II. Gloria. Gloria
  3. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: II. Gloria. Domine deus
  4. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: II. Gloria. Quoniam tu solis
  5. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: II. Gloria. Cum santo spiritu
  6. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: III. Credo. Credo
  7. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: III. Credo. Et incarnatus est
  8. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: III. Credo. Et resurrexit
  9. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: III. Credo. Et vitam venture
  10. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: IV. Sanctus. Sanctus
  11. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: IV. Sanctus. Osanna in excelsis
  12. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: V. Benedictus. Benedictus
  13. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: V. Benedictus. Osanna in excelsis
  14. Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950: VI. Agnus dei. Agnus dei