- Ralf Lukas (Bass)
Notes & Reviews:
Mendelssohn's magnificent oratorio 'Elijah' brings to life the tumultuous times and personal drama of the Biblical prophet in a sweeping series of recitatives, arias and choruses in which the composer's Romantic genius drew deeply from the wellsprings of Bach and Handel. In this new recording, sung in German, Jun Markl, one of the most notable conductors of his generation, leads an outstanding cast of soloists headed by Ralf Lukas, and Germany's longest-standing radio symphony orchestra and its acclaimed choir.
"...this excellent performance of Mendelssohn's great Biblical oratorio thrills both in the surges of choral glory and in the moments of tender reflection. Tenor Genz's lyrical singing of the aria known in English as If With All Your Hearts alerts you early to the quality of the performance." -The Telegraph *****
"This is in every way a 'big' Elijah. Climaxes are full-blooded from both orchestra and chorus, and in the narrative sections conductor Jun Märkl brings out the drama with telling use of contrasts in both texture and tempo. Most important of all, Ralf Lukas's Elijah is the impatient, hot-tempered prophet imagined by Mendelssohn" -BBC Music Magazine ****
"there is a keen sense of the drama unfolding in front of one's eyes, and an unfailingly musical quality to Jun Märkl's directing that is enormously satisfying." -Classic FM Magazine ***
... soprano Ruth Ziesak and mezzo-soprano Claudia Mahnke... are quite fine... the conducting of Jun Märkl has much to commend it; he has a keen ear for pacing and balance and keeps the drama moving with a minimum of the tedious lacunae that lethally afflicts lesser performances of this choral warhorse. The chorus and orchestra sing and play with vigor and accuracy.
Recording information: MDR-Studio am Augustusplatz, Leipzig, Germany (12/2008-01/2009).
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Works DetailsMendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70
- Performer: Ralf Lukas (Bass)
- Conductor: Märkl, Jun
- Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 08/11/1846