Another Side to Bruckner

The music of Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) is principally represented in performance by his nine great symphonies.  Rather less well known is his religious music, not only the three masses (in D minor, E minor and F minor) of his mature years and the Te Deum but also by his exquisite motets like Os Justi, Christus Factus Est Pro Nobis and Vexilla Regis.

Even less known is Bruckner’s secular choral music, now pretty much represented in the repertory by Helgoland for male chorus and orchestra.  Here’s a rare performance of his Abendzauber in G flat major for baritone, male chorus, three yodelers and four horns, written in 1878 soon after the disastrous premiere of the Third Symphony.

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