Reviewed by Steven Whitehead
This budget-priced release completes the Naxos collection of Schubert Masses. Aged only 17, Franz Schubert conducted his first complete Mass setting, in F major, (D 105), in September 1814, gaining the approval of his former teacher Antonio Salieri. An amazingly accomplished work for so young a composer, it follows classical precedents, while already giving glimpses of Schubert's special lyrical gifts. It also makes effective use, particularly in the forward-looking Sanctus, of the vocal soloists, choir and an orchestra rich in wind and brass including three trombones. The Mass in B flat major, (D 324), composed the following year and like its predecessor scaled for liturgical performance, similarly combines beauty with splendour. In brief, if you enjoyed either or both of the previous Naxos releases in this series (reviewed elsewhere on this website) then this is another recommended purchase.
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