Mendelssohn: Psalms Nos. 42, 98, 114 & 115

Mendelssohn: Psalms Nos. 42, 98, 114 & 115

by Helmuth Rilling
     
 

Mendelssohn devoted a significant amount of energy to religious choral music, but the only piece well known to modern audiences is the oratorio "Elijah." Fans of that work should be interested in these four Psalm settings, which are strikingly similar to the music of "Elijah" in their musical language and dramatic content. The Psalms recorded here span the composer's… See more details below

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Mendelssohn devoted a significant amount of energy to religious choral music, but the only piece well known to modern audiences is the oratorio "Elijah." Fans of that work should be interested in these four Psalm settings, which are strikingly similar to the music of "Elijah" in their musical language and dramatic content. The Psalms recorded here span the composer's career, written between 1830 and 1843, four years before his death. They are essentially cantatas, with multiple movements that include choruses, solo arias, and recitatives, and they last from 7 to 25 minutes. The composer was immersed in the music of J.S. Bach, so it's not surprising that many of the choruses are significantly contrapuntal in character. At the same time, the music is recognizably the product of a Romantic sensibility in its warm expressiveness and rich and colorful harmonies. None of the settings represent the composer at his most melodically inspired, but they are well crafted and obviously deeply felt. Helmuth Rilling, leading Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart and the orchestra, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, makes a strong case for these rarely heard works. Rilling conducts with breadth and warmth, and highlights the dramatic contrasts Mendelssohn built into the works. The blend and fullness of the chorus are especially impressive. The many soloists are very fine, but soprano Sibylla Rubens stands out for her work in "Psalm 42." Hänssler's sound is ideally resonant, clear, and clean enough for details to be heard easily.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/2009
Label:
Hanssler Classics
UPC:
4010276019299
catalogNumber:
98273
Rank:
160799

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  1. Psalm 98 ("Sing to the Lord"), for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in D major, Op. 91  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Stuttgart Bach Collegium  -  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart  - Helmuth Rilling  - Morten Ernst Lassen  - Marlis Petersen  - Olga Fuchs  - Gabriele Roloff  - Catherine Winter  - Thomas Michael Allen
  2. Psalm 115 ("Non Nobis, Domine"), for soloists, chorus & orchestra in G minor, Op. 31  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Stuttgart Bach Collegium  -  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart  - Helmuth Rilling  - Morten Ernst Lassen  - Marlis Petersen  - Olga Fuchs  - Gabriele Roloff  - Catherine Winter  - Thomas Michael Allen
  3. Psalm 114 ("When Israel out of Egypt came"), for double chorus & orchetra in G major, Op. 51  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Stuttgart Bach Collegium  -  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart  - Helmuth Rilling  - Olga Fuchs  - Gabriele Roloff  - Catherine Winter
  4. Psalm 42 ("As pants the hart"), for soloists, chorus & orchestra in F major, Op. 42  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Stuttgart Bach Collegium  - Matthias Goerne  -  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart  - Thomas Mehnert  - Helmuth Rilling  - Sibylla Rubens  - Scot Weir  - Christoph Genz  - Olga Fuchs  - Gabriele Roloff  - Catherine Winter

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