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Anton Bruckner (1824–1896): GREAT MASS IN F MINOR: Kyrie
Bavarian Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis, conductor. Bruckner: Mass No. 3, Grosse Messe f-moll (Philips)
Austrian composer Anton Bruckner was devoutly religious. His early musical education took place in the church as a choirboy and organist, and spent much of his early adult life playing organ at a church near the city of Linz. His reputation was so strong later in life that he was appointed to a position at the Vienna Conservatory, despite having never formally studied at a conservatory himself. Bruckner wrote at least seven masses, a Te Deum, and many more sacred motets. While most of his masses were intended for a liturgical setting, his Great Mass in F minor—with orchestra, soloists, choir, and organ—was clearly meant for the concert hall. Bruckner later became known as a symphonist, but his symphonies owed much to his sacred music. For instance, he quotes this Kyrie from his Great Mass in both his Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 9.