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Bruckner: The Masses, Te Deum, etc / Best, Corydon Singers

Album Summary

>Bruckner, Anton : Te Deum in C major, WAB 45
>Bruckner, Anton : Mass no 1 in D minor, WAB 26
>Bruckner, Anton : Aequale no 1 for 3 Trombones in C minor, WAB 114
>Bruckner, Anton : Libera me, Domine (II), motet for chorus, 3 trombones & organ in F minor, WAB 22
>Bruckner, Anton : Aequale no 2 for 3 Trombones in C minor, WAB 149
>Bruckner, Anton : Mass no 2, for chorus & winds in E minor, WAB 27
>Bruckner, Anton : Mass no 3 in F minor, WAB 28
>Bruckner, Anton : Psalm 150 in C major, WAB 38
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The sacred music of Bruckner appears, like his symphonies, to be an acquired taste. But - also as with the symphonies - those who have acquired the taste insist that the three settings of the Mass presented here...represent an achievement on the same high level as the finest settings by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven...These performances led by Martin Best argue the case as eloquently as any available...Best or Jochum? I refuse to choose..." -McColley, Fanfare

'For any listeners who missed out these individual issues the first time out, this compendium will fill an important gap. Under-performed and highly worthy music is awarded knowing performances' (The American Organist)

'If the power of music were to be assessed by its ability to send shivers down your spine, then this piece [Te Deum], and this particular recording of it, would score 12 on a scale of 10 every time' (Cross Rhythms)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The F minor Mass can certainly be regarded as being among the finest music Bruckner ever created. The intensity of religious feeling is heightened rather than diminished by the sumptuous orchestral support, and the soaring melodies and opulent harmonies are somehow purified and enriched by the devotional character of these familiar texts. Matthew Best's performance, by understating the music's abundant richness, gives tremendous point to the inner conviction of Bruckner's faith. His orchestra, sounding as if it has been playing this music all its days, plays with commendable discretion, balancing admirably with a relatively small choral body. As with everything the Corydon Singers and Best turn their hands to, it's an impeccable performance, infused with real artistry and sensitive musicianship. Enhanced by the glorious solo voices from a high-powered team this is a CD of rare depth and conviction.



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>Bruckner, Anton : Te Deum in C major, WAB 45
  • Performers: James O'Donnell (Organ); Joan Rodgers (Soprano); Alastair Miles; Keith Lewis (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Orchestra
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (02/25/1992-02/27/1992)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881-1884

>Bruckner, Anton : Mass no 1 in D minor, WAB 26
  • Performers: James O'Donnell (Organ); Joan Rodgers (Soprano); Alastair Miles; Keith Lewis (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Running Time: 43 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1864

>Bruckner, Anton : Aequale no 1 for 3 Trombones in C minor, WAB 114
  • Performers: Phillip Brown (Trombone); Roger Brenner (Trombone); Colin Sheen (Trombone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1847

>Bruckner, Anton : Libera me, Domine (II), motet for chorus, 3 trombones & organ in F minor, WAB 22
  • Performers: Phillip Brown (Trombone); John Scott (Organ); Roger Brenner (Trombone); Olga Hegedus (Cello); Thomas Martin (Double Bass); Colin Sheen (Trombone)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1854

>Bruckner, Anton : Aequale no 2 for 3 Trombones in C minor, WAB 149
  • Performers: Phillip Brown (Trombone); Roger Brenner (Trombone); Colin Sheen (Trombone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1847

>Bruckner, Anton : Mass no 2, for chorus & winds in E minor, WAB 27
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1866-96.
  • Running Time: 40 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1866-1896

>Bruckner, Anton : Mass no 3 in F minor, WAB 28
  • Performers: Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano); Juliet Booth (Soprano); John Ainsley (Tenor); Gwynne Howell (Bass)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Running Time: 57 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1867-1893

>Bruckner, Anton : Psalm 150 in C major, WAB 38
  • Performer: Juliet Booth (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1892