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    Quote Originally Posted by jdec View Post
    I love the whole CD.
    I second that. A great album

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    No one should be without Schubert’s 5th Mass. Glorous.
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    I'm a big fan of the genre. I can't pick a favorite; there are too many out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gellio View Post
    No one should be without Schubert’s 5th Mass. Glorous.
    I have the set on Brilliant Classics. I enjoy it.
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    My favorite mass is without doubt mass of marzipan.

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    My favorite mass is Bach's B minor Mass - Ton Koopman's Erato recording just arrived - I put it on immediately and as soon as the volume button on my receiver had been turned up it sounded great!
    It won't beat my favorite recording by Jordi Savall though.

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    Zelenka has not been mentioned nearly enough on this thread. In terms of mass-writing he was one of the most prolific composers of the late baroque. He wrote at least 21 masses (further ones are lost or fragmented) and most of those that have been recorded reveal an originality and spiritual intensity that rather underlines the absurd and over-excessive idolatry that we have paid the B Minor Mass since it was dug out of the Dresden archive in the 19th century. The irony is that Zelenka's masses could have inspired Bach's great catholic mass and possibly that Bach even sought to complete it after 1745 in tribute to Zelenka (who was reputed to be Bach's friend) and who had died that year.
    The gloria of Zelenka's Missa Dei Filii must be one of the musical triumphs of the first half of the 18th century. There are a couple of recordings but its real dazzle comes through in this concert performance (sadly a poor quality video from the 90s) - https://youtu.be/AHnvJRZgkZg?t=384.
    Many of the other masses have been recorded and in particular the recordings by the Czech bands "Ensemble Inegal" and "Collegium 1704" are excellent. We can look forward to two new masses on CDs by both groups next year. Inegal have recorded Zelenka's first catalogued mass Missa Sanctae Caecilia (has a wonderfully lyrical Kyrie and rather violent Credo - can be heard on this concert recording by Musica Aeterna - https://youtu.be/1nLKsvluR8I). On the other hand Collegium 1704 have recorded a mass constructed from individual sections written by Zelenka around 1724 - a time when he unusually included trombones in his orchestra, leading to very sonorous colours. Collegium 1704 have released a concert recording of the first section of this mass - the Christe, with its driving ostinato bass is particularly special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-VYlMzTIK4

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    Quote Originally Posted by gellio View Post
    No one should be without Schubert’s 5th Mass. Glorous.
    And his sixth. I have loved Schubert for a long time but somehow I've completely missed his masses. The Sanctus of the 5th and 6th have a lot of similarities. They are both great but the Sanctus in the 6th I find absolutely stunning as is the Agnus Dei. I found Harnoncourt and Berliner Ph a great interpretation.
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    If pressed to pick just one, my favorite pre-Baroque mass would be Josquin Desprez's Missa Gaudeamus; although of course I have many other favorites. The finest recording I know is by the Italian group, De Labyrintho, led by Walter Testolin. However, The Tallis Scholars are nearly as good. I prefer both recordings to those by Metamorphoses & A Sei Voci.

    De Labyrintho's recording can be heard in its entirety on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gab...ujqGio&index=1. One highlight for me is the boy-like soprano within De Labyrintho's vocal mix, and how her voice matches and blends so beautifully with the tenor part and the rest of the ensemble.

    My favorite Baroque mass is J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor, which is one of the towering masterpieces in the western canon:



    My favorite post-Baroque mass is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's incomplete Mass in C minor (which unfortunately is missing parts of the Credo and Sanctus, & all of the Agnus Dei) The soprano parts are incredibly beautiful. I enjoy Claudio Abbado's Berlin recording, due to his sopranos, Arleen Auger and Barbara Bonney, who are near ideal:

    Et incarnatus est, Bonney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU_-CO92Zgs
    Gloria - Laudamus te, Auger & Bonney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih3-mDvFg8Q

    On period instruments, I like Christopher Hogwood's recording, with sopranos Arleen Auger and Lynne Dawson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9Jy...5BpDOM90nvs6OQ.

    I also like Gabriel Faure's Requiem, in the earlier 1893 chamber version:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjwG...H3XJjIjhQOtDAA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3SlIemXgEU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ras View Post
    My favorite mass is Bach's B minor Mass - Ton Koopman's Erato recording just arrived - I put it on immediately and as soon as the volume button on my receiver had been turned up it sounded great!
    It won't beat my favorite recording by Jordi Savall though.

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    This is on Presto Music for $15. Let's all get it while it's cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josquin13 View Post
    If pressed to pick just one, my favorite pre-Baroque mass would be Josquin Desprez's Missa Gaudeamus; although of course I have many other favorites. The finest recording I know is by the Italian group, De Labyrintho, led by Walter Testolin.
    Finally got this recording last week and wow is it good. Already have the Ferrara disc which has the best Miserare as well.

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