Bruckner: Motets

Bruckner: Motets

by Choir of St. Mary's Episcopal CathedralChoir of St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

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Compared with his expansive symphonies, which are methodically developed over several long movements, the choral motets of Anton Bruckner are models of brevity, seldom lasting longer than five minutes and rarely extending beyond simple text setting, with minimal repetition. As sacred works, they are also considerably less dramatic (some might say less bombastic) than his orchestral works, and the dominant mood of calm religious reflection keeps the expression modest and introspective. This 2011 album by the Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, led by director and organist Duncan Ferguson, brings together the best known of Bruckner's motets, and the purity of these pieces is highlighted by the transparent voices of the trebles (both girls and boys) and men. The singers are joined by the brass from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and the somber tones of trombones add a quality reminiscent of the Renaissance style of Giovanni Gabrieli. Listeners who balk at Bruckner's symphonies may find this quieter side of the composer more appealing, and the exceptional performances are sure to please even the most demanding choral aficionado. Delphian's recording in the cathedral is excellent, capturing all the details of the choral parts while preserving the radiant ambience of the acoustics.

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Release Date: 06/14/2011
Label: Delphian
UPC: 0801918340710
catalogNumber: 34071


  1. Inveni David (I), offertory for male chorus & 4 trombones in F Minor, WAB 19
  2. Os justi, gradual for chorus in Lydian mode, WAB 30
  3. Vexilla regis prodeunt, hymn in Phrygian mode for chorus, WAB 51
  4. Totenlied No. 2, for chorus in F major, WAB 48
  5. Libera me, Domine (II), motet for chorus, 3 trombones & organ in F Minor, WAB 22
  6. Aequale, for alto, tenor & bass trombones No. 2 in C major, WAB 149
  7. In Saint Angelum custodem ("Jam lucis orto sidere"), hymn in Phrygian mode for chorus, WAB 18
  8. Pange lingua et Tantum ergo, motet for chorus in Phrygian mode, WAB 33
  9. Locus iste, gradual for chorus in C major, WAB 23
  10. Virga Jesse, gradual for chorus in E minor, WAB 52
  11. Ecce sacerdos, antiphon for chorus, 3 trombones & organ in A minor, WAB 13
  12. Christus factus est (III), gradual for chorus in D minor, WAB 11
  13. Afferentur Regi, offertorium for chorus & 3 trombones in F major, WAB 1
  14. Ave Maria (unspecified)
  15. Totenlied No. 1, for churus in E flat major, WAB 47
  16. Aequale, for alto, tenor & bass trombones No. 1 in C major, WAB 114
  17. Tota pulchra es, Maria, antiphon in Phrygian mode for tenor, chorus & organ, WAB 46

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