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Bruckner: Complete Masses, Te Deum / Matt, Rogner

Bruckner / Berlin / Rogner
Release Date: 06/25/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94669   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Christof FischesserIsabelle Müller-KantEibe MohlmannDaniel Sans,   ... 
Conductor:  Nicol MattHeinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of EuropeWürttemberg Philharmonie ReutlingenWürttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Described and caricatured as an eccentric and even as a late developer, Anton Bruckner, born in Linz, Austria, in 1824, is today considered one of the greatest late-Romantic composers. Famed for his symphonies -- grand, epic creations that are individually linked responses to the notion of absolute music -- Bruckner was also a fine choral composer. This 3-CD release is dedicated to his three Masses and Te Deum of 1884.

Indeed, Bruckner was not quite forty by the time he came to write his Mass No.1 in D Minor. An extraordinary modern work, it was universally acclaimed upon receipt of its first performance, and was essentially responsible for Bruckner finally leaving the excessively long years of study behind him. Its success
Read more also spawned the Mass in F Minor, a work that coincided with important biographical events in the composer's life -- including the death of his venerated teacher, Simon Sechter. While the Third and final Mass was written for choir and 15-strong wind orchestra, a combination suited to the work's open-air premiere on the Linz Cathedral Square, the Te Deum -- perhaps the composer's finest piece of choral writing and one which is musically related to the Seventh and Ninth Symphonies -- was composed between 1881 and 84. When Bruckner realised that he would not be able to complete his Ninth Symphony, he is said to have considered using the Te Deum as its final movement.

The Chamber Choir of Europe and the Rundfunkchor Berlin are the two eminent choral bodies featured on this release, expertly directed by Nicol Matt and Heinz Rögner respectively and accompanied by a host of acclaimed soloists. All in all, this is an engaging release that represents a worthwhile addition to Brilliant Classics' ever-expanding vocal catalogue.

Other information:
- Recordings: September -- October 1988, Christuskirche, Berlin†; 20--25 January 2003, Württemberg*
- Anton Bruckner, a devout Austrian Catholic, is the creator of 9 mighty symphonies, cathedral like structures "den lieben Gott gewidmet", which in their vast religious scope might be described as masses without words. Bruckner wrote 3 "official" Masses and a Te Deum, works of startling originality, power and mysticism, taxing the choral and orchestral forces to the utmost.
- Performances by two excellent German choirs, the Chamber Choir of Europe, and the Rundfunkchor Berlin.
- Booklet contains liner notes and the complete sung texts. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mass no 1 in D minor, WAB 26 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Christof Fischesser (Bass), Isabelle Müller-Kant (Soprano), Eibe Mohlmann (Mezzo Soprano),
Daniel Sans (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe,  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen,  Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864/1882; Linz, Austria 
Language: Latin 
2.
Mass no 2 in E minor, WAB 27 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Magdaléna Hajóssyová (Soprano), Peter-Jürgen Schmidt (Tenor), Rosemarie Lang (Alto),
Hermann-Christian Polster (Bass)
Conductor:  Heinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1896; Linz, Austria 
3.
Te Deum in C major, WAB 45 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Heinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1884; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Mass no 3 in F minor, WAB 28 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Magdaléna Hajóssyová (Soprano), Rosemarie Lang (Alto), Andreas Schmidt (Tenor),
Hermann-Christian Polster (Bass), Gernot Süssmuth (Violin), Peter Seydel (Viola)
Conductor:  Heinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1893; Linz, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Wonderful September 20, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "This superb 3 CD collection of the masses and the Te Deum of Anton Bruckner is probably not for everyone. To start with, the very mention of Bruckner's name undoubtedly suggests heavy, densely scored works, and indeed you get plenty of that here; but you also get a substantial amount of delicate, ethereal writing that provides great contrast to the 'classic' Bruckner modus operandi. Two separate ensembles are recorded in this choral anthology- the Chamber Choir of Europe and the Wurttemberg Philharmonic of Reutlingen for Mass # 1, and the RundfunkChoir of Berlin with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra for the other works. Listening to these heavyweight masses gives one some indication of the depth of religious conviction and faith that Bruckner possessed and brought to bear in his compositions. Everything about this recording is excellent- orchestral backing is powerful or gentle as called for, soloists give subdued and effective interpretations of their roles, and the choruses are simply magnificent, indeed the core stars of each work. This music is so overwhelming in its structure and presentation that it is easy to understand that some may not easily take to Bruckner. On the other hand, if you find choral masses to your liking, I can heartily recommend this very fine Brilliant Classics recording. It really is quite a listening experience." Report Abuse
 A rare Treat ! September 19, 2014 By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "What a rare treat it is to have all the Bruckner Masses and the Te Deum in one great set. The performances are clear and very well performed. These pieces are so rarely programed due to their difficulty that this is a fantastic opportunity to have them at your finger tips to enjoy over and over again." Report Abuse
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