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Te Deum
completed in March 1884; first performed 2 May 1885 with two-piano accompaniment; first full orchestral performance conducted by Hans Richter in Vienna on 10 January 1886
author of text
Book of Common Prayer

'Bruckner: Mass in D minor & Te Deum' (CDH55356)
Bruckner: Mass in D minor & Te Deum
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'Bruckner: Masses' (CDS44071/3)
Bruckner: Masses
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Movement 1: Te Deum laudamus
Movement 2: Te ergo, quaesumus
Movement 3: Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis
Track 3 on CDH55356 [1'35] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 3 on CDS44071/3 CD1 [1'35] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 4: Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine
Movement 5: In te, Domine, speravi

Te Deum
Parallels can be drawn between the mature Masses of the 1860s and the joyful C major Te Deum which was one of Bruckner’s favourites among his compositions. He had begun work on a Te Deum in May 1881, almost contemporaneously with the sketches for his seventh symphony, but it was not until September 1883 that he gave it his full attention. The Te Deum calls for soprano, contralto, tenor and bass soloists, four-part choir, organ and orchestra, though the organ is optional. The choral writing is mostly homophonic—chords rather than counterpoint—which makes the eventual launching into the vast, final double fugue (‘In te, Domine, speravi’) the more telling. The string opening appears again in the F minor Mass and the ninth symphony, and the theme of the ‘non confundar’ is integral to the seventh symphony’s Adagio.

There are thematic interconnections between the five movements of the Te Deum. The two outer sections (‘Te Deum laudamus’ and ‘In te, Domine, speravi’) are in a triumphant C major, the central ‘Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis’ equally joyous in D minor. In second and fourth place are sandwiched the ‘Te ergo, quaesumus’ and ‘Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine’, both in F minor and both employing not only the vocal soloists but also a solo violin, much in the manner of the F minor Mass’s ‘Christe eleison’.

Bruckner completed the Te Deum in March 1884 and it was first performed, accompanied by two pianos, on 2 May 1885. Hans Richter conducted the first performance with orchestra in Vienna on 10 January 1886. Even the normally vicious Hanslick, who never forgave Bruckner’s espousal of Wagner, was uncharacteristically polite.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1993

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Details for CDA66650 track 2
Te ergo, quaesumus
Recording date
7 February 1993
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Bruckner: Mass in D minor & Te Deum (CDA66650)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 1993
    Deletion date: April 2008
    Superseded by CDH55356
  2. Bruckner: Mass in D minor & Te Deum (CDH55356)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: March 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. Bruckner: Masses (CDS44071/3)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 1996
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
  4. Bruckner: Mass in D minor & Te Deum (HYP650)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 2000
    Deletion date: December 2005
    Super-budget price sampler — Superseded by CDH55356
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