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Mendelssohn: Elias; Paulus / Monica Groop, Peter Lika, Hellen Kwon, Peter Lika etc.

Notes & Reviews:

This 4CD release of Eilas and Paulus comprise a wonderful coupling, giving Paulus, which has not been widely recorded, the equal treatment it deserves. Providing hours of pleasurable listening, it exposes a sacred form not particularly widespread at the time, and reveals to us Mendelssohn the devout Christian.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
And there are alternatives. Both pieces done by Frnhbeck de Burgos are now classics (though you have to be a Fischer-Dieskau fan to enjoy his Elijah). Elijah is available in several fine recordings in English (Hickox, Marriner), which is every bit as authentic a language as German for this piece. St Paul (or Paulus, as it's known in Germany) seems to be available only in German (perhaps because it was first performed in Dusseldorf). Here I would look to Frnhbeck de Burgos and his excellent soloists, though Leon Botstein has recorded the piece with 30 additional minutes of music that Mendelssohn had cut out after the premiere. The performance is less compelling, but it gives the opportunity to hear the original conception of the piece.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2012
Strong, energetic renderings; stars awarded to soloists Monica Groop and Hans-Peter Blochwitz. Paulus is the better performed and recorded of the two.


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