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Brahms: Missa Canonica; et al / Baker, Westminster Choir

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Missa Canonica for chorus, WoO posth. 18
>Brahms, Johannes : Motets (2) for chorus, Op. 29
>Brahms, Johannes : Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz (Psalm 51), motet for chorus, Op. 29/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Geistliches Lied, Op. 30
>Brahms, Johannes : Ave Maria, for female chorus in F major, Op. 12
>Brahms, Johannes : Motets (2) for chorus, Op. 74
>Brahms, Johannes : Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen?, motet for chorus, Op. 74/1
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Mass for 8 voices in E flat major, Op. 109 "Cantus Missae"
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Notes & Reviews:

Brahm's Missa cononica is something of a rarity. Composed around 1856, the work lay unperformed until 1983 despite being regarded highly enough by its composer for him to have re-used some of its material in the popular motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben?. The four movements of this work show all the hallmarks of Brahm's compositional mastery and deft handling of choral effect that are well known from his many motets, six of which, including the sublime Geistliches Lied, are also recorded here. The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, under Master of Music Martin Baker, takes on the challenges presented by these varied works with panache to create a disc that is sure to appeal.

'It is hard to imagine finer singing of these sacred scores from Brahms and Rheinberger than that from the Westminster Cathedral Choir. The Cathedral choristers display a remarkable technical prowess and refinement. From the riveting Kyrie of the Missa Canonica to the symphonic conclusion of the Agnus Dei of the Mass for double choir, Martin Baker directs winning performances, that are marvellously fresh and well-paced. In the exceptional ecclesiastical acoustic of Westminster Cathedral the male choir's timbre is rich and immediate, with a robust edge that seems ideal for these compelling scores. The highlight for me is the direct and vital quality to the Westminster choir's singing in Rheinberger's magnificent Mass. The contribution from organist Matthew Martin is first rate, providing immediacy, without ever being obtrusive. These are superbly performed and recorded sacred works that lovers of choral music will surely relish.' (Musicweb)

'Baker and his choir do a fine job with these pieces. The conclusion to Schaffe in mir is wonderfully exciting ... while the close to Geistliches Leid, a work too easily dismissed as 'just' a church anthem, is gorgoeously ardent. In Warum? Baker does not overlook the dramatic side of the text and turns in a performance that is both technically excellent and exciting. And Rheinberger's Mass, a beautiful work with rich sonorities, has a fine musical sensitivity and flow' (American Record Guide)



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>Brahms, Johannes : Missa Canonica for chorus, WoO posth. 18
  • Performer: Matthew Martin [Composer/Organ] (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/11/2005-07/14/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1856-1861

>Brahms, Johannes : Motets (2) for chorus, Op. 29
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/11/2005-07/14/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860

>Brahms, Johannes : Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz (Psalm 51), motet for chorus, Op. 29/2
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/11/2005-07/14/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1860

>Brahms, Johannes : Geistliches Lied, Op. 30
  • Performer: Matthew Martin [Composer/Organ] (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/11/2005-07/14/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1856

>Brahms, Johannes : Ave Maria, for female chorus in F major, Op. 12
  • Performer: Matthew Martin [Composer/Organ] (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/11/2005-07/14/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858

>Brahms, Johannes : Motets (2) for chorus, Op. 74
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/11/2005-07/14/2005)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen?, motet for chorus, Op. 74/1 :: Warum ist das Licht gegeben
  • Performer: Matthew Martin [Composer/Organ] (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/11/2005-07/14/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863-1864

>Brahms, Johannes : Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen?, motet for chorus, Op. 74/1 :: Lasset uns unser Herz
  • Performer: Matthew Martin [Composer/Organ] (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/11/2005-07/14/2005)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863-1864

>Brahms, Johannes : Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen?, motet for chorus, Op. 74/1 :: Siehe, wir preisen selig
  • Performer: Matthew Martin [Composer/Organ] (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/11/2005-07/14/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863-1864

>Brahms, Johannes : Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen?, motet for chorus, Op. 74/1 :: Mit Fried und Freud ich fah
  • Performer: Matthew Martin [Composer/Organ] (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/11/2005-07/14/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863-1864

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Mass for 8 voices in E flat major, Op. 109 "Cantus Missae"
  • Performer: Matthew Martin [Composer/Organ] (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/11/2005-07/14/2005)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1878