Josef Gabriel Rheinberger’s Vier Motetten
Charles Bruffy, Phenix Bach Choir, Kansas City Chorale
Some very fine choral works by someone whose name isn’t, perhaps, instantly recognisable. He was a sort-of close contemporary of Verdi’s (1839-1901)… the death dates coincide, even if Verdi was a good quarter of a century older than him! Anyway… I mention Verdi mostly because if you know the ‘Pezzi sacri’ (four sacred pieces), the style of these motets will be quite familiar to you. Grand and lush, yet somehow also managing to be simple, direct and intensely personal.