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Bruckner: The 3 Masses / Jochum, Bavarian Rso & Chorus

Release Date: 01/23/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447409   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Edith MathisMarga SchimlWieslaw OchmanElmar Schloter,   ... 
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio ChorusBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Winds
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

''What seraphic music. It must be Bruckner'', remarked a friend who entered the room as I was playing this recording. I cannot recommend this . . . too highly, both as performances and recordings. Seraphic is the word. Bruckner's three settings of the Mass are enough in themselves to convert the heathen. I cannot possibly decide which of them I like most, though my head tells me that No. 2 in E minor, with its wind-only accompaniment, is the greatest. What is obvious is that they are the work of a master of choral music, who knew infallibly what effects he wished to create and how to create them, who had the acoustics of a cathedral inbuilt into his notes as he put them on paper and who can rightly be compared with Palestrina in the purity Read more and emotional fervour of his art.

The recordings were made between 1963 and 1972 and come now as a wonderful memorial tribute to Eugen Jochum. His conducting of Bruckner's symphonies was always admired but he had rivals there who could provide alternative routes to the towering peaks. I cannot believe he has a peer in this sacred music. The transfers to CD are magnificent and allow us to hear every nuance of the singing of the Bavarian Radio Chorus in the Masses . . . . The 1971 performance of the E minor Mass has not previously been issued in Britain, and it is of the highest quality, with most sensitive and expressive oboe playing.

If you play the beginning of the Mass in F minor you will obtain an immediate impression of how good these performances are and of the intensely moving nature of the music. Here is the symphonic Bruckner in all his heaven-scaling rapture but without some of the repetitious features which deter some listeners (though not those who are fully prepared to enter his world). The soloists are good in all the performances but Maria Stader and Kim Borg excel in this Mass.

-- Gramophone [9/1988]
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Works on This Recording

Mass no 1 in D minor, WAB 26 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Edith Mathis (Soprano), Marga Schiml (Alto), Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor),
Elmar Schloter (Organ), Karl Ridderbusch (Bass)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864/1882; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1972 
Venue:  Herkules Saal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 46 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Mass no 2 in E minor, WAB 27 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Winds
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1896; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1971 
Venue:  Herkules Saal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 43 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Mass no 3 in F minor, WAB 28 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Kim Borg (Bass), Maria Stader (Soprano), Claudia Hellmann (Alto),
Ernst Haefliger (Tenor), Anton Nowakowski (Organ)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1893; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1962 
Venue:  Herkules Saal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 57 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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