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Rheinberger: Geistliche und weltliche Chormusik / Ratzinger, Regensburg Cathedral Choir

Album Summary

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Morgenlied
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Abendlied, Op. 69 no 3
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Warum toben die Heiden
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Es spricht der Tor in seinem Herzen
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Adoramus te
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Ave vivens hostia
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Salve Regina
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Dextera Domini
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Eripe me
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Mass in F major, Op. 117 "Sanctissimae Trinitatis"
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Waldblumen, Op. 124
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Reviews

A German Romantic Composer You Should Know
The first sentence of the liner notes sums up the story of Joseph Rheinberger pretty well, “[Rheinberger] shares the fate of many German composers of the second half of the 19th century, that of the “forgotten masters.” True that. I’ve always been a fan of Rheinberger’s music. My first exposure to his music was a recording the organist E. Power Biggs made of the composer’s organ concertos. Over the years I’ve become more familiar with his many solo pieces for organ and a work that my church choir regularly sings, the Cantus Missae, Op. 109. This recording by the Regensburger Domspatzen (a choir of men and boys) is especially welcome for its mix of sacred and secular repertoire. The centerpiece of the recording is the a cappella Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis, Op. 117. The Mass impresses with its simplicity and gentle lyricism. The opening Kyrie is a hushed plea that is moving and marvelously understated. The Gloria is a straightforward song of praise that eschews bombast. The Credo displays Rheinberger’s fine contrapuntal gifts and showcases the pure vocal tonal quality of the excellent chorus. The hymn-like Benedictus sets up the gorgeous Agnus Dei that closes the work. The same soaring melodies and skilled choral writing that make the Mass so special are found in the motets and hymns that open the recording. Rheinberger knew his old music too, and the these pieces have their share of contrapuntal flights of fancy, as well as some interesting chromatic turns that would have been heard in the Baroque. Special note most be made of the Salve Regina, Adoramus te and Ave vivens which have a marvelous melodic sweep that is unforgettable. The recording closes with the Waldblumen, Op. 124, a set of nature pieces look back to the earlier Romantic period and are filled with folk-like melodies and occasional flashes of drama.
Submitted on 09/16/09 by Craig Zeichner 
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Works Details

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Morgenlied
  • Performer: Eberhard Kraus (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Georg Ratzinger
  • Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Abendlied, Op. 69 no 3
  • Conductor: Georg Ratzinger
  • Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Warum toben die Heiden
  • Conductor: Georg Ratzinger
  • Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Es spricht der Tor in seinem Herzen
  • Conductor: Georg Ratzinger
  • Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Adoramus te
  • Performer: Eberhard Kraus (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Georg Ratzinger
  • Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Ave vivens hostia
  • Performer: Eberhard Kraus (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Georg Ratzinger
  • Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Salve Regina
  • Conductor: Georg Ratzinger
  • Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Dextera Domini
  • Performer: Eberhard Kraus (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Georg Ratzinger
  • Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Eripe me
  • Performer: Eberhard Kraus (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Georg Ratzinger
  • Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Mass in F major, Op. 117 "Sanctissimae Trinitatis"
  • Conductor: Georg Ratzinger
  • Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 16 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Waldblumen, Op. 124
  • Conductor: Georg Ratzinger
  • Ensemble: Regensburg Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 18 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio