Anton Bruckner

Ave Maria (II), motet for chorus in F major, WAB 6

    Description by Patsy Morita

    This is Bruckner's second, and most popular, of three settings of the Latin Ave Maria, each in the key of F major. It was written for a May 12, 1861, celebration to commemorate the founding of a local choral group, the Liedertafel Frohsinn, of which Bruckner was then director. One of a number of works he composed just after finishing counterpoint studies with Simon Sechter, it is generally regarded as the piece in which Bruckner first realized his mature style of vocal composition. Scored for a seven-part, a cappella chorus, the women's voices sing the first lines, never moving far from the F major triad. The men's voices take up the next lines in similar fashion, modulating until all join in A major block chords at the name of Jesus, repeating the name three times in a crescendo. The choir then breaks into imitative counterpoint to return to the home key and finish the prayer. The composition ends with a plagal cadence, the traditional chords of the "Amen" usually found in Protestant hymns. The whole work has a homophonic, yet rich and warm sound that reflects the coming together of Bruckner's understanding of older compositional forms and styles, his Romantic sensibility of expression, and his personal beliefs.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2019 Decca 4840764
    2017 Warner Classics 0190295794255
    2017 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 16059
    2016 Exton 79
    2016 MDG MDG 90219596
    2015 Oehms Classics OC 1817
    2014 Collegium Records COLCD 137
    2014 Naxos 8573314
    2014 Delphian DCD 34144
    2013 Harmonia Mundi HMC 902170
    2012 Farao Classics 108071
    2012 Analekta AN 29841
    2012 Acanta 233602
    2012 Cryston EXNCRY 81068
    2010 Sonoma SBT 20106
    2010 Capriccio Records 7073
    2010 Priory Records 1021
    2010 Berlin Classics 0300025
    2009 Regent 292
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon 4237772
    2008 Haenssler 93199
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon 4278722
    2008 Delos 6011
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon 423774
    2008 Caprice Records CAP21814
    2007 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 0946389227
    2007 MDG 9221422
    2007 MDG 3221422
    2007 Digital
    2006 Globe Records 5160
    2006 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler 7002
    2006 Goldenrod / Turtle Creek Chorale 1260
    2005 Bayer Records / Bayer Records 100352
    2005 Berlin Classics 0183922
    2005 Guild 7291
    2005 Virgin / EMI Music Distribution VTDCD601
    2005 Berlin Classics 0017822
    2005 Oehms 535
    2005 Berlin Classics 0013512
    2004 St. Clair 507
    2004 St. Clair 90862
    2004 St. Clair 3962
    2004 St. Clair 31212
    2003 Deutsche Grammophon 4748282
    2003 Dmp 2009
    2002 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 60314
    2002 Motette 50611
    2001 Meridian Records 84418
    2001 Berlin Classics 0017152
    2001 Eclipse Records 64489
    2001 BCI-Eclipse Distribution 40013
    2000 Glory of Voices 2
    2000 EMI Music Distribution 574 027-2
    1999 Deutsche Grammophon 457 743-2GOR
    1999 Capriccio Records 10816
    1999 ASV 2096
    1997 Intersound 1653
    1997 London 455035
    1995 Capriccio Records 10081
    1995 Capriccio Records 10589
    1995 Reference Recordings 67
    1994 Christophorus CHE 0039-2
    1994 Capriccio Records 14852
    1994 Delos DE-3138
    1994 Delos / Voices of Ascension DE-3138
    1993 EMI Music Distribution 67699
    1993 Kontrapunkt 32022
    1993 Collegium Records 501
    1992 Collegium Records COLCD116
    1992 Collegium Records CSCD508
    1992 Sony Music Distribution 48037
    1992 Albany Music Distribution 063
    1992 Caprice Records 21420
    1986 Hyperion CDA66062
    Excelsior Recordings 2440
    Wijnand van Hooff 054
    Baltic Sea Festival 2003
    Priory Records 291
    Conifer 17917
    Harmonia Mundi 2981322
    Delta Distribution 14091
    Decca 425075
    Meridian Records 84188
    Avui 16
    In Classical Mood 12048
    Calig 50477
    Arcade Music 3000322
    Calig 50923
    Victoria 19009
    FSM Adagio 91229
    Evosound 014
    Amsterdam Classics 98109
    St. Clair 513302
    Deutsche Grammophon 413671
    St. Clair 90852
    Pilz 41232