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Music publisher Carus has a unique method of showcasing individual composers. On this recording, Carus Classics features the music of Josef Gabriel Rheinberger performed by Vocalensemble Rastatt. Founded by Holger Speck, the group sing with a pure tone and great depth of feeling, and the music is beautifully phrased throughout. The composer’s unaccompanied Mass in G with its flowing, memorable harmony is easily within the grasp of amateur choirs. The equally tuneful Mass in A for women’s voices and organ is also a useful addition to the sacred repertoire. Rheinberger’s Nine Advent Motets are contrasted settings, performed here with subtle accentuations. Christus factus est and Meditabor were written for Lent, the former ending with a masterly choral fugue, and the six-part Meditabor rich in invention. An excellent disc altogether.

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