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Bruckner - Mass in D minor & Te Deum

Bruckner - Mass in D minor & Te Deum


Bruckner:

Te Deum in C major, WAB 45

Mass No. 1 in D Minor


Joan Rodgers (soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (alto), Keith Lewis (tenor), Alastair Miles (bass) & James O' Donnell (organ)

Corydon Singers & Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best

“Highest honours must go to the outstanding 140-voice chorus who sing with earth-shattering conviction, utmost clarity of diction and enviable precision of ensemble and intonation … the combined strengths of this Hyperion version guarantee prime recommendation” BBC Music Magazine

“New standards of excellence … stunning” Gramophone Magazine

“A glowing culmination to another outstanding Hyperion project” The Independent

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Bruckner - Mass in E Minor

Bruckner - Mass in E Minor


Bruckner:

Aequalis No. 1 for three trombones

Libera me, for choir, three trombones & organ, WAB 22

Aequalis No. 2 for three trombones

Mass No. 2 in E minor


John Scott (organ), Colin Sheen; Roger Brenner; Phillip Brown (trombones), Olga Hegedus (cello) & Thomas Martin (double bass)

Corydon Singers & English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best

‘One of the most beautiful recordings of a choral masterpiece I have ever heard’ (The Sunday Times)

“Two trombone processionals and a suitably 'pious' Libera Me pave the way to an impeccably-groomed, powerfully realised account of the great wind-accompanied Mass.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2007 ****

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Bruckner: Mass in F minor & Psalm 150

Bruckner: Mass in F minor & Psalm 150


Bruckner:

Mass No. 3 in F minor

Psalm 150, for Soprano, Chorus and Orchestra


Judith Booth (soprano), Jean Rigby (mezzo soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor) & Gwynne Howell (bass)

Corydon Singers & Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best

Brucker’s Mass in F minor is his largest and greatest Mass, classical in form but injected with a new vitality. Inspired by the composer’s recent studies of Mozart and Haydn, the Mass is symphonically conceived and the orchestra is allotted a prominent role.

His musical treatment of the familiar text illuminates Bruckner’s devout spirituality and exemplifies the profound religious mysticism that characterizes his music in general.

The Corydon Singers and Matthew Best are superb, with a sense of ensemble that is second to none.

“Hyperion clearly have another hit on their hands with this splendid release” CD Review

“An impeccable performance … a CD of rare depth and conviction” Good CD Guide

“Quite magnificent … hoping for a better all-round performance than this is probably an impossible dream!” Gramophone Magazine

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Bruckner - Motets

Bruckner - Motets


Bruckner:

Locus iste, WAB 23

Os justi meditabitur sapientiam

Offertorium: Afferentur regi

Ave Maria (1861), WAB 6

Vexilla regis

Ecce sacerdos magnus

Tota pulchra es, antiphon, WAB 46

Virga Jesse floruit

Pange lingua

Inveni David, offertorium for male chorus & 4 trombones,WAB 19

Christus factus est, WAB 10


Philip Salmon (tenor), Graham Chambers, Jeremy Gough, Martin Kelly, Christopher Stearn (trombones), Thomas Trotter (organ)

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best

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Bruckner: Requiem

Bruckner: Requiem


Bruckner:

Requiem in D minor (1849)

Psalm 114 (1852)

Psalm 112 (1863)


Joan Rodgers (soprano), Catherine Denley (contralto), Maldwyn Davies (tenor), Michael George (bass), Thomas Trotter (organ)

Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

1877 version, edited by Leopold Nowak, with 1876 Adagio


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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'


Of all the Bruckner symphonies, No 3 is the most fraught with editorial ‘problems’. At least eight versions are known to exist: the original version of 1873 (not published until 1977); the first revision (1874, also unpublished); a ‘rhythmic revision’ (1876); a third revision, published in 1878 as the first edition (used for the premiere); a ‘Fritz Oeser’ edition of 1877; and two other versions from 1889, one edited by Nowak. This recording is of the 1877 third (first published) version, with the inclusion of an 1876 version of its Adagio containing much new material, which was discovered pasted over in the orchestral parts used in the first performance. Bruckner called No 3 his ‘Wagner Symphony’ and it contains many quotations from the Wagner operas including the famous cascading strings from the Tannhäuser Overture.

“This is one of the best Bruckner-symphony recordings I have ever heard … a searing, electrically charged performance. Quite simply, it is stunning … one of the most exciting Bruckner performances on disc—and certainly the best Third I have ever heard. This is one that you simply have to have. Recommended with all the breath in my lungs … it has been a pleasure to review, and now to recommend” Fanfare

“Superbly recorded … this is an account to recommend” International Record Review

“Beautiful playing” Hi-Fi News

“Vänskä conducts Bruckner with power and understanding and draws rich and finely nuanced playing” Gramophone Magazine

“The BBCSSO play splendidly for Osmo Vänskä, whose feeling for this composer seems as profound as his much-acclaimed Sibelius” Classic FM Magazine

“A sharp and taut reading … Vänskä captures the spaciousness of Bruckner’s building blocks. Good sound and ripe playing” The Scotsman

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major


Hyperion is delighted to present Donald Runnicles, chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, in his debut on the label. Runnicles commands his orchestra in Bruckner’s most popular symphony—repertoire that is at the heart of his musical life, and in which he has few living equals. Recent concerts of the works of Bruckner and Wagner have received the highest critical praise, acknowledging the orchestra and their conductor as consummate performers of this music.

‘For an orchestra who hadn’t played Bruckner 7 since 1975, the BBCSSO sounded utterly on home territory. From the sumptuous opening cello theme to the finale’s noble fanfares, this was a spacious, tender and beautifully poised performance … it’s not often you hear cries of “encore” after a Bruckner symphony, but I would gladly have heard this one repeated in full’ (The Guardian)

“The central European tradition of Bruckner interpretation is still bedevilled by inauthentic tempo changes and by ritardandos that clog the flow of the composer’s mighty outpourings. One of the strengths of this resplendent account of the Seventh is its refusal to take any notice of such impertinences” Sunday Times, 23rd December 2012

“Runnicles's debut recording for Hyperion is a very impressive achievement. He has established a strong rapport with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, inspiring them to deliver playing of great refinement and emulating the burnished tones that are more often associated with Central European orchestras...Highly recommended.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 *****

“Runnicles’s proven Wagnerian credentials serve this performance handsomely, and he achieves wonders with an underrated BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra who hadn’t played the piece for decades. This is world class playing ...Hyperion’s sound and documentation are flawless.” The Arts Desk, 5th January 2013

“the defining character of [Runnicles's] Bruckner on this showing is the singing fluency of the line. Everything has shape and purpose and a naturalness of phrasing...Those who favour a grander, more expansive, more monolithic approach to this music may find the scale of Runnicles's reading a shade diminishing. But be in no doubt that it is thoughtful and radiant and and eminently musical” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

“Runnicles paces it patiently, drawing long, lyrical lines and creating a strong sense of musical architecture” Financial Times, 12th January 2013

“At the start of the symphony I like the nice, natural flow of the music as the wonderful first subject unfolds. Runnicles doesn’t tarry neither does he push the music too fast; there’s a proper sense of space and it seems to me that Runnicles achieves a judicious balance between breadth and forward movement. Jumping ahead for a moment, I came to feel that this was the case for his view of the score as a whole.” MusicWeb International, January 2013

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - January 2013

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Hyperion - CDA67916

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Bruckner - The Three Masses

Bruckner - The Three Masses


Bruckner:

Te Deum in C major, WAB 45

Mass No. 1 in D minor

Aequalis No. 1 for three trombones

Libera me, for choir, three trombones & organ, WAB 22

Aequalis No. 2 for three trombones

Mass No. 2 in E minor

for choir and wind instruments

Mass No. 3 in F minor

Psalm 150, for Soprano, Chorus and Orchestra


Joan Rodgers (soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (contralto), Keith Lewis (tenor), Alastair Miles (bass), James O'Donnell (organ), Colin Sheen, Roger Brenner, Phillip Brown (trombones), Olga Hegedus (cello), Thomas Martin (double bass), Juliet Booth (soprano), Jean Rigby (mezzo soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Gwynne Howell (bass)

Corydon Orchestra, Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best

“The F minor Mass can certainly be regarded as being among the finest music Bruckner ever created.
The intensity of religious feeling is heightened rather than diminished by the sumptuous orchestral support, and the soaring melodies and opulent harmonies are somehow purified and enriched by the devotional character of these familiar texts. Matthew Best's performance, by understating the music's abundant richness, gives tremendous point to the inner conviction of Bruckner's faith. His orchestra, sounding as if it has been playing this music all its days, plays with commendable discretion, balancing admirably with a relatively small choral body. As with everything the Corydon Singers and Best turn their hands to, it's an impeccable performance, infused with real artistry and sensitive musicianship. Enhanced by the glorious solo voices from a high-powered team this is a CD of rare depth and conviction.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Advent at St Paul’s

Advent at St Paul’s


anon.:

Laudes Regiae

arr. Christopher Dearnley

Rejoice in the Lord alway

Angelus ad virginem

arr. Sir David Valentine Willcocks

Britten:

A Hymn of Saint Columba

Bruckner:

Virga Jesse floruit

Byrd:

Laetentur coeli

Carter, A:

Organ Toccata on Veni Emmanuel

Gibbons, O:

This is the Record of John

Handl:

Ecce concipies

Lloyd, R:

Drop down ye heavens from above

Palestrina:

Matin Responsory

arr. Sir David Valentine Willcocks

Vesper Responsory

arr. Christopher Dearnley

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria

Peerson:

Blow out the trumpet in Sion

Rutter:

Hymn to the Creator of Light

trad.:

O come, o come, Emmanuel

arr. Andrew Carter

Weelkes:

Hosanna to the Son of David

Wilby:

Echo Carol


Every year on Advent Sunday St Paul’s Cathedral in London holds an Advent Carol Service. This recording captures the mood and structure of this event, presenting a selection of the music which might be performed in its liturgical order.

The Church’s preparation for the coming of Christ begins in contemplative mood with the plainchant processional Laudes Regiae and the famous Mattins Responsory (‘I look from afar … ’). The wealth of music that follows is typical of the approach of this choir: traditional favourites such as Hosanna to the Son of David and the Parsons Ave Maria rest alongside contemporary works from composers such as John Rutter, Richard Lloyd and Philip Wilby. This album—and the hypothetical service—comes to an end with a joyous arrangement of the great hymn O come, O come, Emmanuel; an organ toccata on the same theme by Andrew Carter acts as the voluntary.

“This truly rich advent feast is performed wonderfully well on all counts and can be highly recommended” Organists Review

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