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Franz Liszt: Missa Solemnis "Graner Messe" ()

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The enormous wallop that the piano output of Franz Liszt packs, and the limited amount of time you have in life to get to know Liszt's staggering output in general, tends to make us forget that he also composed sacred choral music that can stand with anything produced in the genre in the nineteenth century. On Franz Liszt: Missa Solemnis "Graner Mass," Arte Nova makes available to us, at a budget price, the largest of Liszt five mass settings. Liszt's Missa Solemnis is scored for four soloists, double chorus, orchestra, and organ, transmitting the six standard movements of the mass in a little over an hour. The "Graner Mass" is so called as it was written for the confirmation ceremony on August 31, 1856, of the then still not completed Basilica of Ezstergom, home to the Hungarian Archbishop in the Diocese of Gran. More than half of all Hungarians are Roman Catholic, so the confirmation of the Basilica was a very big deal, and Liszt wrote music that suited it.Franz Liszt: Missa Solemnis "Graner Mass" is... Hide synopsis

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