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Bruckner: Mass In E, Libera Me, Etc / Matthew Best, Et Al


Release Date: 07/10/2007 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55277   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Phillip BrownRoger BrennerColin SheenJohn Scott,   ... 
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon SingersEnglish Chamber Orchestra Winds
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Corydon Singers have already recorded some of Bruckner's rarer choral works (A66062, 3/83) and now they give us a splendid performance of his great Mass in E minor with accompaniment for wind instruments. Admirers of this beautiful work may be assured that this is a recording they should acquire, for not only is it expertly sung but the acoustics of St Alban, Holborn, London, lend the performance that authentic ecclesiastical sound which is an essential part of the composer's conception. It is a resonant acoustic and it also allows an intimacy in quiet passages which is most impressive—listen, for instance, to the subtle blend of vocal and instrumental sonorities in the "Qui tollis" of the Gloria and in the Read more "Benedictus" to sample what I mean.

The playing by the ECO wind ensemble is of the quality one would expect from such distinguished musicians. If there are listeners who know the Bruckner symphonies but are unfamiliar with his choral music, they will find his symphonic grandeur and contemplative rapture transferred to voices here with complete naturalness and effectiveness. The Credo must rank among the finest music Bruckner wrote—and among the finest settings of the text. New to me, and to most people, I suspect, is the 1854 motet, Libera me, with its dark and funereal accompaniment for three trom bones, cello, double-bass and organ. Again, the recording captures the atmosphere of the performance and allows the part-writing to emerge clearly. It is not such good music as the Mass but it is a pointer. The two Aequali for trombones (1847) at least prove that Bruckner's writing for brass was always assured.

-- M.K., Gramophone [2/1986] Reviewing original Hyperion release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Aequale no 1 for 3 Trombones in C minor, WAB 114 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Phillip Brown (Trombone), Roger Brenner (Trombone), Colin Sheen (Trombone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; St. Florian, Linz, A 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:  Church of St Alban, Holborn, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Libera me Domine in F minor, WAB 22 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Phillip Brown (Trombone), John Scott (Organ), Thomas [Double Bass] Martin (Double Bass),
Colin Sheen (Trombone), Roger Brenner (Trombone), Olga Hegedus (Cello)
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; St. Florian, Linz, A 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:  Church of St Alban, Holborn, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Mass no 2 in E minor, WAB 27 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers,  English Chamber Orchestra Winds
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1896; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:  Church of St Alban, Holborn, London 
Length: 38 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Aequale no 2 for 3 Trombones in C minor, WAB 149 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Phillip Brown (Trombone), Roger Brenner (Trombone), Colin Sheen (Trombone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; St. Florian, Linz, A 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:  Church of St Alban, Holborn, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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