“Vexilla regis”, one of the eleven Bruckner motets featured on this disc, is another piece that I have recently performed with the Cairo Choral Society. It is a gorgeous unaccompanied with some subterranean bass notes which on this occasion were sub-subterranean as the whole piece slipped increasingly flat!
This is thankfully not the case here, as the motets are performed by the always excellent Corydon Singers under their conductor, the distinguished operatic bass-baritone Matthew Best. He is hardly a grizzled veteran even now, yet this disc was, astonishingly, recorded over thirty years ago in St Alban’s Church, Holborn. As ever with Hyperion, the recorded sound is excellent.
The most familiar work here is probably the much-performed Introit, “Locus iste”, but every piece is unfailingly beautiful, spanning the whole of Bruckner’s compositional career. His music for the Roman Catholic liturgy was inspired by his profound faith and somehow it shows.
I love every single piece here and feel frustrated that I didn’t get to sing two of the loveliest works here, “Christus factus est” and the astonishing “Ecce sacerdos”, both of which we looked at, but didn’t make it into the concert…something to look forward to, perhaps?
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on 25 June 2011
This is an excellent recording, in excellent condition. Delivered on time. Purchased as a learnig piece of music which is going to be performed at Christchurch Priory on 9.09.11.by the Grange Choral Society.