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    Quote Originally Posted by ClutchDisc View Post
    Beethoven Mass in C, Missa solemnis. I also really like Haydn's Missa brevis too.
    The first two feature on my list as well, especially the Missa Solemnis, which is my second favorite work in the whole Classical repertoire. The C Major Mass is still underappreciated, I think.

    Haydn's masses are all wonderful, as are those of his brother Michael.

    I'll leave it there, before I start waxing too exuberantly over Lassus, Dufay, Victoria, Gesualdo, Palestrina, Byrd, both Gabrieli's, etc., etc.

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    All of Haydn's, esp. 'The Paukenmesse'

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    So far its missa l'homme armé by Guillaume Dufay, and like the missa l'homme armé super voces musicales of josquin too
    though i must admit i know really few masses, besides those 2 of palestrina and guilaume de machaut messe de nostre dame, have heard faures requiem once but not sure if thats a mass?

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    Stabat Mater Dolorosa
    juxta Crucem lacrimosa...

    by Pergolesi

    and of course Anton Bruckner's Mass no 2 in E minor

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    Really, I have come to the point where I like most of them. Some standouts:
    Beethoven - Mass in C, Missa solemnis
    Bach - Mass in B Minor, and all the other ones
    Mozart - Coronation Mass, Great Mass in C Minor
    Haydn - Missa in Angustiis, Paukenmesse, Mariazellermesse, Cacilienmesse
    Ockeghem - Missa de plus en plus, Missa au travail suis
    Palestrina - Missa Papae Marcelli, Missa Assumpta Est Maria, Missa Sicut lilium inter spinas
    Schubert - Mass in E flat major
    Taverner - Western Wind Mass, Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas
    Byrd - Mass for 5 voices
    Praetorius - Christmas Mass
    Biber - Missa Bruxellensis

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    Josquin's Missa Pange Lingua is perhaps my favorite.

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    My favorite mass must be Zelenka's Missa Omnium Sanctorum

    And this must be my favorite performance of it.
    “‎If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen.”
    ― Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

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    I don't think there is much room for controversial picks.

    Bach's Mass in B Minor and Mozart's Requiem are both contenders to the title of "Best Piece Ever", so they must be included.

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    Guillaume de Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame is great!

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    Faure's Requiem.
    Und Morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen......

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    Most of my favourite have already been mentioned, e.g. Josquin's Missa Pange Lingua, Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli and Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame.

    And to mention one slightly more obscure one, how about Missa "La Bataille" by Janequin? Don't be put off by Janequin's "comedy" chansons; this mass is remarkably beautiful, especially the Gloria.


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    Here's a delightful Mass by the early Renaissance composer Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474):

    "Missa Se la face ay pale"

    The version I have is by the Early Music Consort of London.


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    Quote Originally Posted by clara s View Post
    Stabat Mater Dolorosa
    juxta Crucem lacrimosa...

    by Pergolesi
    Stabat Mater is not technically a mass, but fair enough.

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    I've been listening through masses by the Renaissance masters, and so far Dufay's "Missa L'homme Arme" stands out as a favorite. I especially love the credo, which is probably one of the best pieces I've heard. Here's a good recording of it:



    Dufay was considered the greatest composer of his time, some say the greatest of the century until Josquin and then Palestrina replaced his position. His use of rhythm is more unusual than the later composers' and he uses little imitation, basically letting the music flow rather than trying to impress with intellectual constructions like the canon. He was famed for his melodic inventiveness. He was also a pioneer in the use of thirds and sixths.

    A word of warning: composers from the 15th century didn't always notate the accidentals that they nevertheless expected to be performed. I think many ensembles get it wrong when it comes to these "musica ficta". You can, for example, compare Oxford Camerata's recording of the credo (link above) with The Hilliard's (also on youtube). The latter sounds completely different in places and not very successful due to their application of too many accidentals.

    I'm mostly not an expert on different recordings, but as far as Dufay goes, in addition to Oxford Camerata, The Binchois Consort and The Huelgas Ensemble are reliable, competent performers. The latter recorded all of Dufay's isorhythmic motets, and the former his "Missa Se la face ay pale". There's also a Josquin recording that, judging from one of the reviews, is probably competent: the one with the two L'homme arme masses by Ensemble Metamorphoses. I think it's out of print currently, although it's a very recent recording.

    Someone said newer recordings tend to be more successful with the musica ficta. I guess current understanding is better than it was a decade or two ago.
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    Verdi's Manzoni Requiem.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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