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Bruckner: Mass in E minor, Rheinberger: Requiem in E flat op. 84

By Anton Bruckner / Josef Gabriel Rheinberger

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Composed by Anton Bruckner / Josef Gabriel Rheinberger. Carus CD series: Rheinberger Musica Sacra. German title: Messe in e /Grun. Mass sections, Motets, Requiem. CD. 700 pages. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.8341400).

Item Number: CA.8341400

In his well-known "Mass in E minor" Anton Bruckner combined the vocal style of the Palestrina period with the musical resources of his own time. Along with its austere sound picture and its powerful dynamic contrasts, this Mass differs from Bruckner's other orchestral masses above all by reason of its uncommon accompaniment of wind instruments alone. In addition to Bruckner's demanding funeral motet "Libera me", Josef Gabriel Rheinberger's "Requiem in E flat" op. 84 is here recorded for the first time. In a masterful a cappella structure Rheinberger created, with straightforward resources, wide areas of tension and extremely effective musical highlights. The KammerChor Saarbrucken again demonstrates its supreme quality, convincing especially in the absolutely homogeneously sung a cappella passages and by its fine dynamic shading.