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Schubert: Masses / Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Vienna Boys' Choir


Release Date: 04/03/2012 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 796449  
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Georg LeskovichAlexander NaderJörg HeringHarry Van der Kamp,   ... 
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus ViennensisOrchestra of the Age of EnlightenmentVienna Boys' Choir
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of some of the original recordings that make up this set:

Even the most fanatic Schubertophile would not place the Deutsche Messe at the head of a list of essential listening. Yet here it is presented in such an unpretentious and straightforward way that its very simplicity and lack of musical interest become its principal attractions. Bruno Weil makes no attempt to impose interpretative individuality on music designed purely for liturgical use: he is content merely to oversee neat ensemble and balance. The orchestra, consisting mainly of wind instruments, doubles the chorus parts (with seven out of the eight brief movements ending with a one-bar instrumental postlude) and while their role might seem largely
Read more superfluous they do provide a comfortable cushion on which the choir can relax while making their way effortlessly through such unchallenging music.

It's a different story with the sparkling A flat Mass, but again Bruno Weil's understated direction results in an immensely satisfying performance. There is a youthful vigour and infectious enthusiasm here. Of course, much of that comes from the superb singing of the Vienna Boys' Choir (I've never enjoyed their sound as much as I do here). Their exuberant 'hosanna's in the Sanctus and Benedicius are more unashamedly joyful than music has a right to be. The two boy soloists sing with a musical maturity clearly way beyond their years, although Stefan Preyer's sharp top A flats in the Gloria's "Amen" could well disturb more sensitive ears. That is not to belittle the splendid contribution from the adult voices nor the exquisite playing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Weil achieves the perfect tonal blend: nothing disturbs the open-hearted honesty of this genuinely sincere performance. All in all, a disc to be treasured by even the most fanatic Schubertophobe.

– Gramophone

"Bruno Weil draws incandescent performances of Schubert's Masses from his fine team, helped by sound that is clearer and more detailed than on direct rival recordings. The combination of Viennese choirs - with the trebles of the Vienna Boys' Choir outstandingly full and fresh - and of a British period orchestra works superbly, making one appreciate, even more than with the Sawallisch versions, how seriously this area of Schubert's oeuvre has been underappreciated." – Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mass no 3 in B flat major, D 324/Op. 141 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Georg Leskovich (Boy Alto), Alexander Nader (Boy Soprano), Jörg Hering (Tenor),
Harry Van der Kamp (Bass), Arno Hartmann (Organ)
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Casino Zangernitz, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Mass no 4 in C major, D 452/Op. 48 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Harry Van der Kamp (Bass), Thomas Puchegger (Boy Soprano), Belŕ Fischer (Boy Alto),
Jörg Hering (Tenor), Arno Hartmann (Organ)
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Casino Zangernitz, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 21 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Mass no 1 in F major, D 105 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alexander Nader (Boy Soprano), Thomas Puchegger (Boy Soprano), Georg Leskovich (Boy Alto),
Arno Hartmann (Organ), Harry Van der Kamp (Bass), Kurt Azesberger (Tenor),
Jörg Hering (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria 
Language: Latin 
4.
Mass no 2 in G major, D 167 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Harry Van der Kamp (Bass), Thomas Puchegger (Boy Soprano), Arno Hartmann (Organ),
Jörg Hering (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria 
Language: Latin 
5.
Mass no 5 in A flat major, D 678 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jörg Hering (Tenor), Arno Hartmann (Organ), Stefan Preyer (Soprano),
Thomas Weinhappel (Boy Alto), Harry Van der Kamp (Bass)
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Schloss Grafenegg, Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 39 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
German Mass in F major, D 872 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Arno Hartmann (Organ), Harry Van der Kamp (Bass)
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Schloss Grafenegg, Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Mass no 6 in E flat major, D 950 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Harry Van der Kamp (Bass), Albin Lenzer (Boy Alto), Benjamin Schmidinger (Boy Soprano),
Kurt Azesberger (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Mass no 5: Gloria
German Mass: Zum Eingang

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 First -rate Schubert Performances September 4, 2012 By J. MacLeod (Cambridge, ON) See All My Reviews "The team involved in this recording comprise a line-up that it would be hard to surpass. I found all the performances excellent and would not hesitate to recommend the recording to any lover of choral music. The simple and touching German Mass is delightful and touching, and the larger scale masses are brilliantly performed. The lack of notes is undeniably a weakness, but the bargain price is ample compensation." Report Abuse
 Many delights, one drawback June 30, 2012 By D. Scamehorn (Kentwood, MI) See All My Reviews "Thank the powers that be at Sony/RCA! Many wonderful performances are coming back to the light of day, not least this one. As far as I know, the only period-instruments collection of Schubert's choral music... Bruno Weil gets sensitive playing out of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and only slightly less from the Chorus Viennensis and Vienna Boys' Choir (due to some variability in the treble soloists). But that's the delights--The one drawback? Complete absence of any essays from the original releases, or indicator of texts (Schubert, an agnostic, picked and chose from the Latin text of the Mass, and used poetry of one Johann Philip Neumann for the "Deutsche Messe"). They've done a beautiful job printing the carboard disc sleeves with the original releases' artwork, content and timings; surely a leaflet condensing the original program notes wouldn't have jacked up the cost much more?" Report Abuse
 service from arkivmusic May 10, 2012 By George Jaska (Belmont, MI) See All My Reviews "I have been ordering from Arkiv for a long time. The service is TOP NOTCH. Hope to order more.
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