- Symphony No. 2 in B flat major ("Lobgesang", "Hymn of Praise"), Op. 52
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Lobgesang, Symphonie-Kantateby Frieder Bernius
Though the previous nine volumes of Frieder Bernius and the Kammerchor Stuttgart's recordings of the sacred music of Felix Mendelssohn have been consistently impressive with special high points at the two oratorios "Paulus" and "Elias," this 10th volume may be the most impressive of all. Containing a single work, the symphony-cantata called "Lobgesang (Song of Praise)," it presents both the performers and the composer at their best. For Mendelssohn, the "Lobgesang," with its opening three purely orchestral movements followed by nine concluding movements for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, was a combination of Beethoven's "Ninth" and a Bach cantata, and he rose to the occasion with some of his most magnificent sacred music. For Bernius and his forces, the "Lobgesang" is not only a great work, but a great under appreciated work and their passionately dedicated performance does its best to redress that imbalance. Joined by sopranos Christiane Karg and Maria Bernius plus tenor Werner Güra, the Stuttgart chorus performs with complete assurance, elegant intonation, and total faith. With the expert contributions of Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Bernius and his singers deliver a performance that will thrill believers and perhaps convert unbelievers. Carus' digital sound is richly detailed and wonderfully vivid.
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