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The exquisitely performed, recorded and presented CD of funeral music by Bruckner is a pleasure from start to finish. The austere early Requiem uses the number of forces that would have been available to Bruckner in the 1850s (i.e. modest), and the work benefits from the resulting transparent textures. The combination of a quartet of excellent soloists, the RIAS Kammerchor and the period instruments of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin creates a unity of sound and purpose, all steered by the sure direction of Łukasz Borowicz. The remainder of the programme comprises short, relatively unknown funeral motets and other pieces, cleverly arranged to make a musically satisfying sequence. An outstanding and important release.

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