Tenebrae Choir
Brahms: Why is the light given...?

Probably the most substantial unaccompanied sacred choral movements of the 19th century were created, along with Johannes Brahms, by Anton Bruckner, who was born 200 years ago. As different and typical of their respective styles as these gems are: Both composers referred in their works to the great motets tradition from the 16th century to Johann Sebastian Bach. This becomes especially clear when the pieces are not performed by a large Romantic choir, but – as here by the finely articulated English Tenebrae Choir – in a small ensemble. Accompanied by the much too rarely heard Weigle organ in the auditorium of the New University.

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Tenebrae Choir

George Herbert


Nigel Short


Anton Bruckner
Locus iste
Virga Jesse
Os justi

Johannes Brahms
Festive and commemorative sayings op. 109
„Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen?“ op. 74/1
Geistliches Lied op. 30

Anton Bruckner
Ave Maria

Johannes Brahms
Ave Maria op. 12

Anton Bruckner
Tota pulchra es

Johannes Brahms
Three motets op. 110
„Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen“ aus op. 45

Anton Bruckner
Christus factus est
Ecce sacerdos magnus

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