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Bruckner: Mass No 3

Magazine article Gramophone

Bruckner: Mass No 3

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Mass No 3

Lenneke Ruiten sop Iris Vermillion mez Shawn Mathey ten Franz Josef Selig bass Berlin Radio Choir; Suisse Romande Orchestra / Marek Janowski

Pentatone (F) ** PTC5186 501 (62' * DDD/DSD)

The 'Great Mass' from Halsey's choir and Janowski's SRO

Bruckner's monumental third Mass setting, in F minor, is justifiably known as the 'Great Mass'. With a duration of over an hour, it was clearly intended for concert performance rather than in a liturgical setting and is regarded as a transitional landmark in his sacred output and a 'gateway to the symphonies'.

Although it bears many hallmarks of the mature Bruckner, it is clearly indebted to Haydnesque, Mozartian and Beethovenian models, especially the latter's Missa solemnis, with which it shares a tendency to prolixity. The allegro section of the Sanctus owes a good deal to the 'Recordare' in Mozart's Requiem. Although it was composed in 1867-68, Bruckner continued to tinker with the Mass for a further quarter of a century, mostly making academic 'corrections' to the 20-minute Credo. …

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