Notes & Reviews:
In 2008 PentaTone started the recording of a complete Bruckner Symphonies cycle with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Marek Janowski. This title, in superior surround sound in the fine acoustics of Victoria Hall in Geneva is not just complementary to the cycle; it is a must for Bruckner aficionados.
American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Bruckner's F-minor Mass, his last and finest setting, is nonetheless a fairly early work, written in 1867-68 when he was in his mid-40s. This performance uses a new critical edition (2005) edited by Paul Hawkshaw. This is quite wonderful. The soloists are all fine. Of more significance is the excellent chorus, large enough to project the power of Bruckner's message and at the same time responsive enough to sing with excellent diction, ensemble, and dynamic control. The Berlin group handles everything with ease. Janowski is likewise excellent. He paces the work well, using tempos that are standard, and the orchestra sounds terrific. And indeed it is the fine sound from Pentatone that puts this in the top rank. Welser-M÷st is good if you want Bruckner taut and exciting; Barenboim and Jochum give you more spirituality. Janowski is just as good, and if excellent sonics are important to you, this would make a good first choice.
Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013
Despite the heaviness of the scoring and big block textures of much of the choral writing, Janowski achieves a lightness and transparency throughout...The greatest plaudit here goes to the bass, Franz Josef Selig, who is warmly resonant. This flawless performance is of the highest quality.
International Record Review, September 2013
The choir does all he asks of it and is sufficiently strong in numbers to supply great strength in the louder passages...With Janowski demanding nothing excessive of the singers, the result is a suitable blend of the vigorous and the reverential.
MusicWeb International, July 2013
In a judicious paced account Janowski confidently obtains both dramatic and deeply felt playing yet achieves a fresh and strong sense of spontaneity. The admirable team of soloists is well chosen...With a performance high on vitality and reverence Bruckner is well served by this impressive recording.
Recording information: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (06/2012).
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- Performers: Shawn Mathey; Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano); Franz-Josef Selig (Bass); Lenneke Ruiten (Soprano)
- Conductor: Marek Janowski
- Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
- Running Time: 29 min. 27 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Choral
- Written: circa 1867-1893