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SCHUBERT: Mass in G, D.167 & Mass in C, D.452

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Mass in C major, Mass in G major, German Mass

Mass No. 4 in C major, D. 452, Op. 48
Mass No. 2 in G major, D. 167
Deutsche Messe, D. 872

Immortal Bach Ensemble
Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Morten Schuldt-Jensen

“…Schuldt-Jensen’s buoyant tempi and the freshness of the choral response do much to vindicate the rococo auto-bustle of parts of the C major Mass. The second soloists… all have light “early music” voices .. the singers blend well in ensemble, not least in the poignant “Et incarnatus” of the C major Mass.” Gramophone

A chorister from the age of eight until his voice broke seven years later, Franz Schubert was well placed to compose sacred music, including several splendid settings of the Mass. His second, completed in 1815, and fourth, written during the following year, follow Mozart’s examples but with strikingly Schubertian touches such as his dramatic use of key relationships and contrasting vocal textures to express the prayerful, meditative and glorious nature of the liturgical text. For the so-called ‘German Mass’, Schubert wrote unassuming yet heartfelt settings of congregational hymns for performance during the service.

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