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Schubert: Mass No. 5; Magnificat

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Mass no 5 in A flat major, D 678
>Schubert, Franz : Magnificat in C major, D 486
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composed and revised over a seven-year period (1819-26) Schubert's fifth Mass setting is arguably his most lyrical and inventive. His integration of the soloists and chorus, mastery of fluid harmonies, and idiomatic treatment of the orchestra's woodwind section give the Mass in A flat major a symphonic quality which would later inspire Bruckner. Schubert regarded it as the finest of his six Latin Mass settings.

”Schubert fans should not hesitate, and if you're a listener looking for a way in to the composer's church music, this is an excellent place to start. Recommended.”-Classicstoday.com

American Record Guide
But here's where things get complicated. While Sawallisch's reading is more exciting (especially in that 'Cum sancto' fugue), it's not the best entry of his set. I think it lacks charm, with its beefy, unsmiling textures and heavy solo voices. Mea culpa, I don't know any other recordings to recommend. Maybe you should keep both performances handy; begin here, switch to Sawallisch for the Gloria and Credo (which also is admirably dramatic), then finish things off with the last few sections from Schuldt-Jensen and his Immortals. Naxos may not have given us Schubert for the ages, but when it's good, it's very good.

Fanfare
... one is grateful to have this new version with Schuldt-Jensen and company.

Recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paul-Gerhardtkirche, Leipzig, Germany (08/12/2009-08/13/2009).



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>Schubert, Franz : Mass no 5 in A flat major, D 678
  • Performers: Dominik Koniger; Trine Lund; Lim Min-Woo
  • Conductor: Morten Schuldt-Jensen
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardtkirche, Leipzig, Germany (08/12/2009-08/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1819-1822

>Schubert, Franz : Magnificat in C major, D 486
  • Conductor: Morten Schuldt-Jensen
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardtkirche, Leipzig, Germany (08/12/2009-08/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 09/25/1816