Rheinberger, chapel master to King Ludwig II, composed romantically sumptuous yet classically refined church music, qualities cherished by these excellent choristers.
The tone is clear, beautifully blended, and well recorded. The last work on the program ‘Abendlied’ from Op. 69, offers an impressive display of sustained singing with consummate vocal control and musical coherence at an extremely slow tempo. Experienced choral conductors with fully appreciate this achievement.
American Record Guide
This is a disc that should convince doubters that there is far more to Rheinberger than usually meets the ear.
International Record Review
This is all very lovely, and, no, that is not a euphemism for boring. The composer lives up to his ideal of music as well crafted, beautiful sound, and the performances conform. No jagged edge or incompatible vibration obtrudes upon the perfect blend of choral tone. The style is careful over the shading and shaping of phrases, the effect beneficent and reverential. The programme is similarly comforting in sound and manner, at its centre the Mass, Rheinberger’s acknowledged choral masterpiece, in the comforting key of E flat.