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Praetorius: Mass

Praetorius: Mass

1 Nov 1994

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1994
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 1994
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1994 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:18:50
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  • ASIN: B001RDKMNE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,736 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. M. Allam on 21 Feb 2009
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I first heard this just before Christmas 2008 on Radio 3 and was absolutely bowled over; I was driving at the time but remembered enough to track it down here and immediately put it on my Christmas list. The final version of 'In Dulci Jubilo' is unbelievably stunning. an incredible constantly changing wall of sound from sparkling solo voices to massed choirs and then drums trumpets and organ, utterly amazing. I've raved about it to all my friends and subjected my neighbours to it at high volume. I just wish I could have been present in Roskilde to take part in such a performance. This is the first time I've ever felt moved enough to write such a review and I recommend this without reserve.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec 2002
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This is a synthesis of bits and pieces, to show what a Lutheran mass may have sounded like on Christmas morning. Paul McCreesh employs his own singers and players, plus the choir of Roskilde Cathedral, plus every amateur choir and choral society in the district to sing the part of the congregation. The results are spectacular, with a capital S; marvellous singing and playing. And when that big choir and all the instrumentalists and the fanfare trumpeters and drummers light up in the final great rendition of "In dulci jubilo" (Good Christian men, rejoice), you get goosebumps on your goosebumps - and then you have to dive behind the sofa to avoid being hit by the speaker cones as they come flying across the room.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colman O. Criodain on 14 Dec 2009
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I'm reviewing this now because I've just bought it for a friend. I've had my own copy for over 10 years and it's my favourite disc in a very large collection. It is pure joy to listen to - a combination of superb musicianship with oustanding recording techniques. If you want something that conveys the magic of Christmas - especially as it must have seemed to ordinary folk nearly 400 years ago - this is a must.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Captain Chaos (Semper Vigilans) on 7 May 2012
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If ever a man deserved a knighthood it is Paul McCreesh, any of the early music works to which he applies himself becomes ethereally transcendant and in this he is superlatively assisted by the magificent Gabrielli Consort and Players, paragons everyone.
Anything I could add to the words of previous reviewers would merely be gilding the lily, thus I can only add that this is not just for Christmas, this should be played at moments of great stress or melancholy, in fact at any time. I played this early on Easter morning and despite the greyness outside I felt a great glow within.
I have made this recording a part of a playlist on my iPod which, together with 'A Venetian Christmas', 'A Venetian Coronation' and 'Music for the Duke of Lerma' give a playing time of approximately five hours and forty minutes, enough time to cruise to West Sussex from oop north in a state of almost sublime grace, untroubled by snarling, gesticulating idiots in an assortment of maniacally driven conveyances. I know I have just done it, a round trip of 594 miles with a beatific smile upon my visage, and oh doesn't that upset the nutters on the M62; M1; and M25 ; ).

This is not just for novice monks/nuns; clergymen/priests; religious maniacs; Giralamo Savonarola or the like but for anyone with an ear for beautiful music.

It's a shame they can't give six stars.
G Gabrieli; de Rore: A Venetian Christmas /Gabrieli Consort & Players · McCreesh
A Gabrieli; G Gabrieli: A Venetian Coronation 1595
Music for the Duke of Lerma /Gabrieli Consort · McCreesh
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 17 July 2005
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I must confess that this recording is not entirely to my personal taste, but it would be churlish to deny it a five star rating. As an atheist, I still get intense pleasure listening to the mass as an art form rather than as an act of worship. The Gabrieli Consort, here, offer a recreation of how a Lutheran mass might have sounded in the early-17th century. I have no doubts about the authenticity or quality of their production, it's just that the piece, itself, is not entirely to my taste.
Born in Kreuzberg, Michael Schultheiss (1571-1621) was the son of a Lutheran pastor, a man, indeed who had been a student of Luther himself - he took the name Praetorius as a Latinisation of his surname (it means 'mayor'). Praetorius began his career as an organist in Frankfurt, but would later acquire the patronage of the ecclesiastical hierarchy and aristocracy, enabling him to travel around German and devote much of his attention to composition. His career encompasses a period of musical transition, particularly in the realm of church music - moving away from the High Church tradition which had dominated before the emergence of the Protestant churches, and celebrating the emergence of the baroque.
The Gabrieli Consort & Players have an established reputation for their pursuit of authentic rediscoveries of period pieces - those who enjoy this disc may care to turn their attention to the ensemble's "A Venetian Christmas". Their Praetorius Mass recaptures that sense of movement away from High Church grandeur towards a more simple, one might say humanistic act of worship. Certainly, this is a plainer, more sparse mass than had gone before, but also a more joyous one. At times it echoes those boring church services which used to be played on Radio 4 of a Sunday ...
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