Bruckner: Te Deum; Mass in D minor; Mass in E minor; Mass in F minor; Psalm 150; Libera me; Aequale No. 1; Aequale No. 2

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COMPOSERS: Bruckner
LABELS: Hyperion
WORKS: Te Deum; Mass in D minor; Mass in E minor; Mass in F minor; Psalm 150; Libera me; Aequale No. 1; Aequale No. 2
PERFORMER: Soloists, James O’Donnell, John Scott (organ); Corydon Singers & Orchestra, English CO Wind Ensemble/Matthew Best
CATALOGUE NO: CDS 44071/3 (1986-93)
In the November 1993 BBC Music Magazine I gave a rave review for the Te Deum and D minor Mass which now form part of this Corydon set, a timely centennial Bruckner issue. I am happy to award further accolades to all concerned. Bruckner’s Masses are vocal symphonies, and the greatest, in F minor, contains music of a singular beauty and profound mysticism. It gets a committed performance. So too does No. 2 in E minor, the ECO wind providing rich sonority and the chorus (sopranos with pure, cathedral treble-type sound) mastering this demanding score. There’s a blazing Psalm 150, a spacious Libera me and the two solemn Aequale for three trombones. Orchestral climaxes are occasionally too loud and a clipped edit in the Kyrie of the F minor Mass has slipped through. Christopher Fifield

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