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Walter Braunfels (1882-1954): Grosse Messe / Simone Schneider, soprano; Gerhild Romberger, alto; Christian Elsner, tenor; Robert Holl, bass; Heiko Holtmeier, organ

Album Summary

>Braunfels, Walter : Grosse Messe, for soloists, boys' chorus, chorus, organ & orchestra in G minor, Op. 37
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Braunfels' hand at drama and his careful consideration of the text betrays the opera composer, not only in the Te Deum, but also in the Great Mass which he finished in 1926. Braunfels was at the height of his (from thereon never waning) musical powers and fame. The Great Mass isn't a liturgical work; the Mass speaks directly and very audibly from a sincere spiritual urge. "He is a high-romantic, solidly anchored in the German composition- culture, and yet he has a very unique language - sensationally well-orchestrated, as it happens - about him, which makes it so fascinating" (Weigle).

German pianist, music educator, and composer Walter Braunfels (1882-1954) wrote his Grosse Messe op 37 between the years of 1923 and 1926. At the time of its completion, Braunfels was at the peak of his career. The piece is not liturgical, yet the mass speaks from a place of deep and sincere spirituality. "He is a high-romantic, solidly anchored in the German composition- culture, and yet he has a very unique language- sensationally well-orchestrated, as it happens-about him, which makes it so fascinating" (Weigle).

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Recording information: Berlin, Philharmonie (05/01/2013).



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>Braunfels, Walter : Grosse Messe, for soloists, boys' chorus, chorus, organ & orchestra in G minor, Op. 37
  • Performers: Christian Elsner; Robert Holl (Bass); Simone Vocal] (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jörg-Peter Weigle
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Choir Berlin
  • Running Time: 73 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1926