Anton Bruckner & Michael Haydn: Motets

MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, Philipp Ahmann

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The MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and its chief conductor Philipp Ahmann present Motets by Anton Bruckner and Michael Haydn. This is the choir’s first solo album for Pentatone.

While Bruckner’s Locus iste, Christus factus est and Ave Maria enjoy great popularity and can be heard frequently in concerts, Michael Haydn’s contributions to the same genre are far less known. The younger brother of Joseph and successor of Mozart as Salzburg organist has, however, had a huge impact on religious composition in the German-speaking world, and particularly in Austria. As such, Bruckner’s motets, composed about a century later, are still firmly grounded in the tradition of Michael Haydn.

By combining their motets, this album allows the listener to discover this uniquely Austrian church-musical style, while simultaneously showing how both composers gave a highly personal substance to it.

The MDR Leipzig Radio Choir is the largest German radio choir with the richest tradition. Since 2020, Philipp Ahmann has served as its chief conductor. They have been featured on several earlier Pentatone recordings, including Il Tabarro, Cavalleria Rusticana (both 2020), Der Freischütz (2019) and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (2017) – also available from NativeDSD Music in Stereo and Multichannel DSD.

MDR Leipzig Radio Choir (MDR-Rundfunkchor)
Sebastian Krause – Trombone
Eckart Wiegräbe – Trombone
Uwe Gebel – Trombone (Track 2 only)
Fernando Günther – Trombone
Philipp Ahmann – Conductor

Tracklist

1.
Locus iste, WAB 23
03:07
2.
Inveni David, WAB 19
02:42
3.
Christus factus est, WAB 11
05:39
4.
Afferentur regi, WAB 1
01:55
5.
Pange lingua et tantum ergo, WAB 33
05:02
6.
Os justi, WAB 30
04:23
7.
Ave Maria, WAB 6
03:33
8.
Vexilla regis, WAB 51
04:47
9.
Virga Jesse, WAB 52
04:12
10.
In coena Domini ad missam, MH 628: No. 2, Christus factus est
04:26
11.
Responsoria in sabbato sancto, MH 278 (Excerpts): No. 5, O vos omnes
02:39
12.
Responsoria in sabbato sancto, MH 278 (Excerpts): No. 6, Ecce quomodo moritur justus
06:56
13.
Christus factus est, MH 38
04:43
14.
Salve Regina in C Major (Attrib. F. Morlacchi)
03:35
15.
Tenebrae factae sunt, MH 162
04:02

Total time: 01:01:41

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PTC5186868

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Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Andreas Wolf

Recording Location

Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche in Leipzig, Germany during February 2020

Release Date March 11, 2021

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