Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Music

Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Music

by Choir of King's College, Cambridge
     
 

There can be no doubt that Mendelssohn believed -- truly, deeply, profoundly believed -- in the Lutheran faith into which he was baptized. Just listen to his oratorios "Elijah" and "Paulus." Nor can there be any doubt that Mendelssohn was -- truly, deeply, profoundly -- one of the most gifted composers of the first half of the nineteenthSee more details below

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There can be no doubt that Mendelssohn believed -- truly, deeply, profoundly believed -- in the Lutheran faith into which he was baptized. Just listen to his oratorios "Elijah" and "Paulus." Nor can there be any doubt that Mendelssohn was -- truly, deeply, profoundly -- one of the most gifted composers of the first half of the nineteenth century. Just listen to his "Octet" or A Midsummer Night's Dream incidental music. The question is: could Mendelssohn's belief and gifts be turned into the small forms of sacred choral music or would his faith swamp the form and his gifts gild the lily? Prior to the 2006 release of this disc by the St. John's College Choir, Cambridge, it was hard to tell because most recordings of Mendelssohn's sacred choral music were made by amateur German choirs with less ability than ambition. Yet with this disc one can proclaim that Mendelssohn's faith and gifts were indeed suited to the small form of sacred choral music because here is a disc of unsurpassed belief and unrivaled musicianship. Led by David Hill, the St. John's College Choir, Cambridge is a warm-toned, clear-voiced choir with unfailing intonation and unflagging intensity. From the darkly moving "Aus tiefer Not" (From deepest need) that opens the disc to the achingly beautiful "O for the wings of a dove" that closes it, Hill and the choir give Mendelssohn's music no less than their all and it proves more than enough to compel belief in the worth of the music. Hyperion's sound is deep, clear, and true.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571175584
catalogNumber:
67558
Rank:
206576

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Tracks

  1. Aus tiefer Noth schrei'ich zu dir, sacred piece for tenor, chorus & organ in F major, Op. 23/1  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Perry  -  John Robinson  - Allan Clayton  - George Humphreys  - Lester Lardenoye
  2. Ave Maria, sacred piece for soloists, chorus & continuo in A major, Op. 23/2  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Perry  -  John Robinson  - Allan Clayton
  3. Mitten wir im Leben sind, sacred piece for chorus in C minor, Op. 23/3  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Perry
  4. Hear My Prayer ("O for the wings of a dove"), hymn for soprano, chorus & organ or orchestra in G major  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Perry  -  John Robinson  - Quintin Beer
  5. Psalm 2 ("Warum toben die Heiden"), for soloists & double chorus in G minor, Op. 78/1  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Perry  - Peter Morton  - Peter Crawford  - Andrew Davies  - Quintin Beer  - Joseph Gardom  - George Humphreys  - Jonathan Knight  - Lester Lardenoye
  6. Psalm 43 ("Richte mich, Gott"), for double chorus in D minor, Op. 78/2  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Perry
  7. Zum Abendsegen ("Herr, sei gnädig"), for chorus in E flat major  - Arnold Mendelssohn  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Perry
  8. Die Deutsche Liturgie, for double chorus: Kyrie eleison, Op. posth., for double choir  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Perry
  9. Heilig, Heilig Ist Gott, der Herr Zebaoth, for double chorus  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Perry
  10. Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe, for double chorus  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Perry  - Peter Crawford  - Andrew Davies  - Quintin Beer  - Jonathan Knight
  11. Verleih' uns Frieden, prayer for chorus & orchestra in E flat major  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Perry  -  John Robinson
  12. Hear My Prayer ("O for the wings of a dove"), hymn for soprano, chorus & organ or orchestra in G major  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Perry  -  John Robinson  - Quintin Beer

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