Although I have numerous recordings of Bruckner's music, including masses and motets as well as symphonies, I often find myself resisting the way this composer creates and moves around large blocks of composition, as it were. The effect in the larger works especially can sound ponderous. In this recording something else takes over: a pure, lyrical intensity and subtle shaping of long lines that even Jochum was not able to sustain so consistently. The Mass in E minor as performed here is a revelation to me. And the choice of motets could not be better. Likewise the recording venue of Ely Cathedral, especially its Lady Chapel for the motets.