Mass No.2 in e minor for choir and winds,
WAB 27 (version 1882)
Works by F.Mendelssohn & J.Brahms
Collegium Vocale Gent
Orchestre des Champs Elysées (winds)
Philippe Herreweghe conductor
In the Romantic era, a love of early music served as inspiration for many new works. As inspiration for his Mass in E Minor (1866), Bruckner turned to Palestrina, the favorite composer of the bishop of Linz, to whom the work is dedicated. Written for 8-part choir and wind instruments, this concert mass contains numerous passages in pure polyphony that Bruckner masterfully combines with his mature musical idiom.