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These two festive Masses were composed for Lambach Abbey, a Benedictine foundation in Upper Austria dating from 1056. This recording is the result of scholarly musicological research into the abbey’s music collection, in the course of which the complete works of Joseph Balthasar Hochreither (1669-1731) were discovered, and this in turn revealed new information about his predecessor, Benjamin Ludwig Ramhaufski (c.1631-94), whose only surviving Mass setting is here recorded. Both compositions reveal the skill of the musicians for whom they were written: a rich instrumental palette is employed, with trumpets, trombones and timpani especially to the fore. Letzbor draws nicely focused contributions from his Austrian forces, with lively tempi, a generally good balance across the ensemble and a recorded sound that is forward. The recording was originally issued in 2006; this reissue is well worth investigating.

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