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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.
Composed and revised over a seven-year period (1819-26) Schubert’s fifth Mass setting is arguably his most songful and inventive. His integration of the soloists and chorus, mastery of fluid harmonies, and idiomatic treatment of the orchestra’s woodwind section give the Mass in A flat major a symphonic quality which would later inspire Bruckner. Schubert regarded it as the finest of his six Latin Mass settings.
Schubert’s C major setting of selected versicles from the Magnificat is a more Haydnesque piece, recalling the joyfully expressive music of the earlier composer’s famous oratorio The Seasons (available on 8557600-01).
Franz Schubert: Mass No. 5 in A flat major, D. 678
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria: Gratias agimus tibi
Gloria: Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu
Credo: Credo in unum Deum
Credo: Et incarnatus est
Credo: Et resurrexit
Sanctus: Sanctus Dominus
Sanctus: Osanna in excelsis
Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi
Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
Franz Schubert: Magnificat in C major, D. 486
Magnificat anima mea Dominum
Deposuit potentes de sede
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