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Joseph Balthasar Hochreither: Requiem; Missa Jubilus Sacer

Hochreither / Letzbor
Release Date: 01/01/2012 
Label:  Pan Classics   Catalog #: 10264   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joseph B. Hochreither
Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gunar Letzbor and his ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria have rediscovered the composer Joseph Balthasar Hochreither (1669-1731). This is Letzbor's second CD which is devoted to this composer and this focus is well justified: this recording with the St. Florian Boys' Choir includes Hochreither's curious Requiem and his celebrated "masterpiece" the festival mass "Jubilus Sacer". Hochreither was born in Salzburg, was probably taught by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber and also displays influences of Georg Muffat. His chief employment was at the Benedictine monastery in Lambach in Upper Austria. Hochreither's Requiem is not a through-composed work, but has survived as a compilation of three sections originating from different Read more compositional phases. The key of F minor is reminiscent of Biber's Requiem and also the use of muted trumpets and muffled timpani which lend the work its own individual and idiosyncratic timbre. Even more extraordinary are the instructions to the bass soloist to sing the Tuba mirum and the Lacrimosa "through a Rödtrohr": it appears that the soloist was to be placed in an adjoining room and sing through a pipe connected to the church which must have created an unbelievably eerie and chilling effect. The mass "Jubilus sacer" composed in the final year of Hochreither's life can be considered as his masterpiece: the epitome of a magnificent festival mass celebrating the Baroque joie de vivre. Every detail of the mass text is transposed into a powerful, highly varied and tonally sensual musical imagery - a truly worthwhile rediscovery which is further ennobled by the St. Florian Boys' Choir on top form and their excellent treble soloist Alois Mühlbacher. Read less

Works on This Recording

Requiem, for chorus & ensemble by Joseph B. Hochreither
Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712-1717 
Venue:  Augustiner Chorherrenstift St. Florian - 
Length: 26 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Missa Jubilus sacer, for chorus & ensemble by Joseph B. Hochreither
Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731 
Venue:  Augustiner Chorherrenstift St. Florian - 
Length: 23 Minutes 54 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Requiem: Introit: aeternam
Requiem: Introit: Te decet hymnus
Requiem: Introit: Kyrie
Requiem: Sequentia: Dies irae
Requiem: Sequentia: Quantus tremor
Requiem: Sequentia: Tuba mirum
Requiem: Sequentia: Mors stupebit
Requiem: Sequentia: Judex ergo
Requiem: Sequentia: Rex tremendae
Requiem: Sequentia: Lacrimosa
Requiem: Sequentia: Recordare
Requiem: Sequentia: Huic ergo
Requiem: Sequentia: Pie Jesu
Requiem: Offertorium: Domine
Requiem: Offertorium: Libera animas
Requiem: Offertorium: Omnium fidelium
Requiem: Offertorium: Libera eas
Requiem: Offertorium: Sed signifer
Requiem: Offertorium: Quam olim
Requiem: Offertorium: Hostias
Requiem: Offertorium: Tu suscipe
Requiem: Offertorium: Domine
Requiem: Offertorium: Quam olim
Missa Jubilus sacer: Kyrie
Missa Jubilus sacer: Gloria
Missa Jubilus sacer: Gratias
Missa Jubilus sacer: Qui tollis
Missa Jubilus sacer: Quoniam
Missa Jubilus sacer: Cum Sancto
Missa Jubilus sacer: Credo
Missa Jubilus sacer: Et in unum
Missa Jubilus sacer: Et incarnatus
Missa Jubilus sacer: Crucifixus
Missa Jubilus sacer: Et resurexit
Missa Jubilus sacer: Et ascendit
Missa Jubilus sacer: Confiteor
Missa Jubilus sacer: Et expecto
Missa Jubilus sacer: Et vitam
Missa Jubilus sacer: Sanctus
Missa Jubilus sacer: Pleni sunt
Missa Jubilus sacer: Osanna
Missa Jubilus sacer: Benedictus
Missa Jubilus sacer: Osanna
Missa Jubilus sacer: Agnus
Missa Jubilus sacer: Dona nobis

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