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SCHUBERT, F.: Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major / Stabat Mater (Immortal Bach Ensemble, Schuldt-Jensen)

Composer(s):Schubert, Franz
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.570381
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

One of a remarkable series of works Schubert wrote in his final year, Mass No. 6 in E flat lay unperformed until a year after his death. With an unusually prominent part for trombones, this is a powerful and disquieting masterpiece, reconciling the liturgical grandeur and monumentality of the vast fugues that end the Gloria and Credo, with the composer's natural lyricism and daring chromatic digressions.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Schuldt-Jensen’s is an extrovert account of Schubert’s Mass in E flat, some is minutes quicker than the rival, Hickox version. That makes for a more obviously dramatic performance in the fast, exciting passages, though this high level of tension is sustained throughout. While it lacks the sharply defined recording of the Chandos version, it is still an impressive, well-balanced sound, with an excellent chorus and orchestra. Moreover, it is available at bargain price, with an attractive 6-minute bonus in the form of his Stabat Mater in G minor.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2008

Written in 1828, the year of his death at the age of 31, Schubert’s Sixth Mass could be seen as his own final thoughts on the Catholic religion, though it may have been nothing more profound than a score to capture the attention of potential employers. Whichever was the case, he did not live long enough to hear the work performed. It is a reverential work and somewhat removed from the operatic mode that had been creeping into such sacred compositions over the preceding two decades. He did omit part of the traditional text, showing that he had thought through the implication of the words, and that this was not just a simple setting of a well-known text. It calls for six soloists, chorus and a conventional sized orchestra, all used within a quite narrow dynamic range. At times



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