NAXOS 8.572114  

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Messe Nr. 5 in As-Dur, D. 678
Magnificat in C-Dur, D. 486

(DDD, 48`51")

CD des Monats - NAXOS 1/2011

Trine Wilsberg Lund, Sopran
Bettina Ranch, Alt
Min Woo Lim, Tenor
Dominik Königer, Bass

Immortal Bach Ensemble
Leipziger Kammerorchester
Morten Schuldt-Jensen

Composed and revised over a seven-year period (1819-26) Schubertís 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 orchestraís 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. Schubertís C major setting of selected versicles from the Magnificat is a more Haydnesque piece, recalling the joyfully expressive music of the earlier composerís famous oratorio ›The Seasons‹.

"... this Naxos series, which includes all six Masses and other church works, promises consistently fine performances as good or better than the catalog competition, very well recorded in the complementary acoustics of a Leipzig church.. " 1/2011