A thousand years of music history merge together: in the Missa Credo Ulrich Zeitler combines Gregorian melodies from the medieval church with contemporary jazz. The outstanding quality of the performers makes this interesting experiment an inspiring experience. Bernhard Klas on the saxophone and Helmut Lörscher on the piano are masters of the stylistically linked improvisational method occupying a significant space in the Missa Credo. Maria Bernius and the Ensemble 333 assume responsibility for the more traditional part conducted by Ulrich Zeitler himself. Moreover, the presentation of shorter solos demonstrates the great flexibility of this vocal ensemble brought together especially for the Missa Credo.
For Ulrich Zeitler the Credo is a program: this deeply felt, very personal profession of faith forms the foundation in this composition. Very much in the tradition of the earliest church music, Zeitler avails himself of the “perfect division”: each metrical unit can be divided into three subunits, as a symbol of the perfection of God, of unity in three persons. The everpresent pedal point d underscores this unity, and, whether intentionally or not, the whole Credo attains a length of 333 measures!
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When the Credo is joined by the other four parts of the Ordinary of the Mass originating in the Easter Vigil liturgy and framing this movement in pairs, the result is an overarching tripartite structure with the personal profession of faith occupying the center. The recording was produced in conjunction with the premiere in Buchs, Switzerland. The meticulously mixed SACD recording in 2+2+2 multichannel sound means that the impressive experience of the premiere can also be relived at home – an interesting addition to the repertoire.