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Tyberg: Masses-No 1; No 2

Magazine article Gramophone

Tyberg: Masses-No 1; No 2

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Masses--No 1; No 2 South Dakota Chorale/Brian A Schmidt with Christopher Jacobson org Pentatone (F), [SACD] PTC5186 584 (64' * DDD * T/t)

When the Jewish Austrian composer Marcel Tyberg was arrested by the Gestapo at his Italian home in 1944 it did not come as a shock. Concerned for the safety of his music, Tyberg had already entrusted his scores to a friend, Dr Milan Mihich. Tyberg himself died in Auschwitz later that year but his music survived, and in the 1980s began to re-emerge in America, thanks to the efforts of Mihich's son, now in possession of the manuscripts. Two of Tyberg's symphonies as well as some chamber works have already been recorded by the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta (Naxos, A/13), and now it's the turn of two of Tyberg's Masses, recorded here for the first time by the South Dakota Chorale.

Where Tyberg's symphonies are bittersweet affairs, charged with post-Romantic angst and occasional flashes of Shostakovich-like violence, his Masses are more nostalgic, fitting squarely into the Romantic Austro-Germanic mould of Bruckner and Rheinberger. Both Tyberg's Masses, No 1 in G and No 2 in F, are grand, festal works, large on impact and low on intricacy. …

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