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Gloriæ Dei Cantores releases a recording of Josef Gabriel Rheinberger: one of nineteenth-century Germany's most gifted teachers and composers. Rheinberger wrote works reminiscent of those of Brahms and Schumann, and yet their attractive lyricism is unique. This tribute to the works of Rheinberger includes his eight-part a cappella Mass in E-flat Major, Mass in F for Male Choir, and Mass in G Minor for Female Choir, as well as three of his motets.
I am more than ever impressed by the strength and quality of the tenors and basses in this choir. There's a creamy tone and sublime line to the tenors, while the basses take on an almost Russian quality of tone in places. The work in which to hear them at their best is obviously the Mass in F for male voices and organ, and for this performance alone I would recommend this disc....Sincere in memoriam is a strikingly beautiful work, colorful and rich-textured...the ladies of Gloriae Dei Cantores performed it effortlessly and with expressive color....This is an illuminating and revelatory disc which reflects great credit on this forty-strong choir, its organizer David Chalmers, and upon the conductor Elizabeth Patterson.Christopher Fifield Music Web International
If you're a choral music fan...you owe it to yourself to find this now. One reason is for the excellent performances by Gloriae Dei Cantores, whose full-bodied yet carefully balanced ensemble sound is perfect for these romantic works. Another is for the repertoire, most of which isn't available elsewhere...Finally, the music itself...certainly worthy of repeated listening...The male-voice mass is a gem...and the Gloriae Dei Cantores men take to the piece with an impressive enthusiasm and commitment....There are many other highlights, including the opening and closing of the female-voice mass, with those gorgeous-toned altos making their profound and irresistible beautiful statements.David Vernier Classics Today
...I find the performances here totally convincing. Patterson...lets the music speak for itself, and the result is moving...a sound that is pleasing...a fine performance. Translations of the Latin texts are provided, and the notes about Rheinberger and his works, by Craig Timberlake, are very helpful. This is a recording that should be welcomed by all choral directors.W. G. Marigold The Diapason
This choir and the recording's producers should be applauded for bringing this...music to our attention – and in such solid performances.The Choral Review
The release by the Gloriae Dei Cantores label contains two other Masses, Op. 187 and Op. 190, as well as three luminous Motets Op. 133 and Hymns Op. 140. They are sung seraphically by the group Gloria Dei Cantores.Crisis Magazine
...great sensitivity and understanding in their execution of late Romantic choral phrasing. In addition, care is taken to capture each piece's true inner character. The motets...require immaculate tuning, and they receive it here. Mass in G Minor, by far the true gem, the women's performance of the seemingly endless choral lines seems effortless, their vocal color meaty without sounding forced, perfect for the character of Rheinberger's vocal music.Mark Sedio, Cross Accent
Gloriae Dei Cantores (Singers to the Glory of God) holds a passionate dedication to the faithful representation of spiritual and musical authenticity in the choral arts. Sharing its vision of inspiration and hope, the choir has touched the hearts of audiences in twenty-four countries in Europe and Asia, as well as extensive tours and concert series in the United States. The choir's catalog of more than fifty recordings showcases an expansive repertoire, encompassing both masterworks and rarely performed musical treasures from Gregorian chant to the twenty-first century. Richard K. Pugsley and Gloriae Dei Cantores have garnered high praise for bringing lesser- known, yet fully deserving composers and their works to light. The choir makes its home at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts, where it sings worship services throughout the year.