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Schubert: Mass In E Flat Major; Mozart / Mackerras, Kuhmeier, Mayer, Et Al

Release Date: 07/14/2009 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83249   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz SchubertWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Timothy RobinsonGenia KühmeierOliver RingelhahnMatthew Rose
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SCHUBERT Mass No. 6. MOZART Vesperae solennes de confessore Charles Mackerras, cond; Genia Kühmeier (sop); Christa Mayer (mez); Timothy Robinson (ten); Oliver Ringelhahn (ten); Matthew Rose (bs); Dresden St Op Ch; Staatskapelle Dresden CARUS 83.249 (76:45 Text and Translation) Live: Dresden 4/26/2008

Schubert’s last Mass is a marvel from start to finish and is regularly recorded, though few are the performances Read more that enter the pantheon. Charles Mackerras’s first encounter with the Dresden Orchestra, recorded live in the Frauenkirche, joins my two favorites, by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Wolfgang Sawallisch, and offers a generous complement, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore , which is not often heard in its entirety. The Staatskapelle is in great form, using narrow-bore trombones that offer a lighter sound than today’s instruments. But it is the hand of Sir Charles who knows exactly how the music should go that makes this performance special. The tempos are just right, the awe perfectly inspired, the transitions perfectly managed, so that the listener, too, is caught up in the wonder that is Schubert’s E?-Major Mass. The soloists are angelic in their major contribution, “Et incarnatus est.” Mackerras does not linger, his timing about the same as Harnoncourt, 51 minutes. The Mozart is composed of six psalms, five of which are choral with solo interventions; the sixth is that wonderful solo for soprano and choir, “Laudate Dominum,” which occasionally turns up on recital discs of sacred music. Genia Kühmeier floats the long lines of her solo while enthusiastically joining her colleagues in the remaining sections. A must.

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Works on This Recording

Mass no 6 in E flat major, D 950 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Timothy Robinson (Tenor), Genia Kühmeier (Soprano), Oliver Ringelhahn (Tenor),
Matthew Rose (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 49 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthew Rose (Bass), Timothy Robinson (Tenor), Genia Kühmeier (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 24 Minutes 39 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Spoilt by Latin Pronunciation May 16, 2014 By Greg Smith (Woodend, New Zealand) See All My Reviews "This is quite a beautiful mass by Schubert, and the musical performance is also good. Unfortunately it is spoilt for me, by the Latin pronunciation. I am a firm believer in the Italian style, and any deviation from this causes me irritation. Excelsis pronounced "exselsis", really gets me going. Unfortunately I will probably not play this CD too often, for that reason." Report Abuse
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