Bruckner: Requiem in d minor; Psalm 146 in A - Hans Michael Beuerle/Wolfgang Riedelbauch
KHCD-2011-092DL (STEREO) - Bruckner: Requiem in d minor, WAB 39 (1849 - Edition: Haas/Orel) - Herrad Wehrung, soprano; Hildegard Laurich, alto; Friedreich Melzer, tenor;Günter Reich, bass; Laubacher Kantorei; Instrumental-Ensemble Werner Keltsch - Conducted by Hans Michael Beuerle - Psalm 146 in A, WAB 37 (ca. 1856 - Fair copy in Bruckner's hand) - Ursula Wendt, soprano; Ingebord Russ, alto; Freider Stricker, tenor; Siegmund Nimsgern, bass; Hans Sachs-Chor; Lehrergesangverein Nürnberg (second chorus on Track 15; Wolfram Röhrig, rehearsal conductor); Nürnberg Symphoniker - Conducted by Wolfgang Riedelbauch - First CD Release - Landmark recordings of early Bruckner works. The Requiem was composed in memoriam to Franz Sailer, the notary of the St. Florian monastery. The Requiem was premiered on September 15, 1849, a year after Sailer's death. This performance of the Requiem, recorded by Cantate in 1972, was once briefly available on a Nonesuch LP in the early 70s. This transcription uses the superior pressing Cantate LP as its source. The Psalm 146 was a product of Bruckner's study with Simon Sechter, presumably around 1856. It exists as a yet unpublished manuscript, and the manuscript materials were used in the first modern performance in November 1971, and the subsequent recording made by Colosseum in 1973. A mint LP of that recording was used for this disc. Both of these recordings are being released for the first time on CD. I wish to thank John Proffitt for suggesting this project; and John F. Berky, of the Anton Bruckner Discography (www.abruckner.com) for the lending of the archival LPs used in producing this CD. The MP3 sample includes excerpts from the Requiem (Dies irae) and Psalm 146 (Final Chorus - Allelujah, lobet den Herrn).
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