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Track(s) taken from CDA66245

Psalm 114 '116'

First line:
Alleluia! Liebe, liebe erfüllt mich
author of text
Psalm 116: 1-9

Corydon Singers, Roger Brenner (trombone), Phillip Brown (trombone), Colin Sheen (trombone), Matthew Best (conductor)
Recording details: February 1987
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1987
Total duration: 9 minutes 5 seconds


'Magnificently performed and excellently recorded. Recommended to more than Bruckner devotees' (Music and Musicians)
The only existing material of Psalm 114 (116) (1852), scored for five-part chorus and trombones, has been a very unclear manuscript, sometimes incomplete in detail. It has here been very skilfully realized by Matthew Best. The ambiguity in the Psalm numbering is due to the fact that 114 is on Bruckner’s manuscript but the German words correspond to the first nine verses of Psalm 116 in the English Bible. These are preceded by an Alleluia. The music is at first of an impressive archaic austerity, bare in harmony, and strikingly simple in texture. E minor is the opening key, but G major ulti­mately dominates. The most impressive passages are the simplest, and when Bruckner launches into a fugue (‘I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living’) the effect is sometimes more than a little stiff, and the counterpoint is decidedly pre-Sechter! As a whole, however, this small work proves itself a necessary key to the understanding of Bruckner’s development, and finely performed (as it is here) can give considerable pleasure.

from notes by Robert Simpson © 1987

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