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Felix Mendelssohn and Cyrillus Kreek: Psalms / Estonian Phil. Chamber Choir

Audio Samples

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalm 100 ("Jauchzet dem Herrn, Alle Welt"), for chorus in C major
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalm 22 ("Mu Jumal! Mikspärast oled Sa mind maha jätnud?"), for chorus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalms (3) for soloists & double chorus, Op. 78
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalm 141 ("Issand, ma hüüan Su poole"), for chorus
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalm 104 ("Kiida, mu hing, Issandat!"), for chorus
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Onnis on inimene, for chorus
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalm 137 ("Paabeli jogede kaldail"), for chorus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70
>     Hebe deine Augen
>     Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Beati Mortui, sacred chorus for male chorus, Op. 115/1
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Sacred Folk Songs (5), for chorus

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalm 100 ("Jauchzet dem Herrn, Alle Welt"), for chorus in C major
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalm 22 ("Mu Jumal! Mikspärast oled Sa mind maha jätnud?"), for chorus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalms (3) for soloists & double chorus, Op. 78
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalm 141 ("Issand, ma hüüan Su poole"), for chorus
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalm 104 ("Kiida, mu hing, Issandat!"), for chorus
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Onnis on inimene, for chorus
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalm 137 ("Paabeli jogede kaldail"), for chorus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Beati Mortui, sacred chorus for male chorus, Op. 115/1
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Sacred Folk Songs (5), for chorus
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

For their second release on Ondine, the acclaimed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under chief conductor Daniel Reuss perform Psalm settings by Felix Mendelssohn and Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek. The first release of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir was given an 'Editor's Choice' accolade by Gramophone. Cyrillus Kreek, a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and a collector of folk songs, laid the foundation for Estonian professional music. The unique coupling highlights the familiarity between Mendelssohn and Kreek in terms of vocal and harmonic setting.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The singing is extraordinary, with the choir's warm, gracious tone animated by supple phrasing from all quarters. What gorgeous soprano and alto sections this choir has! One traditional way to achieve a seamless legato is to ease up on consonants to take the bumps out of the melody line. Maestro Reuss and his singers are way too good for that. Diction is remarkably clear, even as melodies flow richly and smoothly by. Such a luminous effect is achieved at "Sende dein licht" in Mendelssohn's Richte Mich, you'd be tempted to own this for that interlude alone. Ondine's engineers enhance the beauty of the choir, while their annotators and translators enhance the value of an estimable production. Here's hoping Mendelssohn's orchestral Psalms are also on Ondine's Estonian agenda.

MusicWeb International, August 2012
Outstanding performances from this marvellous choir. We need not concern ourselves with such matters as intonation, balance and blend, so accomplished is the singing...hearing this choir in almost any repertoire tends to have the same effect as hearing the music of Cyrillus Kreek - once you have experienced it you immediately start to look for more.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia (09/14/2009-09/17/2009).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalm 100 ("Jauchzet dem Herrn, Alle Welt"), for chorus in C major
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Ensemble: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia (09/14/2009-09/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/01/1844

>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalm 22 ("Mu Jumal! Mikspärast oled Sa mind maha jätnud?"), for chorus
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Notes: Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia (09/14/2009-09/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalms (3) for soloists & double chorus, Op. 78
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Notes: Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia (09/14/2009-09/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalm 141 ("Issand, ma hüüan Su poole"), for chorus
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Notes: Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia (09/14/2009-09/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalm 104 ("Kiida, mu hing, Issandat!"), for chorus
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Notes: Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia (09/14/2009-09/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kreek, Cyrillus : Onnis on inimene, for chorus
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Notes: Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia (09/14/2009-09/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalm 137 ("Paabeli jogede kaldail"), for chorus
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Notes: Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia (09/14/2009-09/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70 :: Hebe deine Augen
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Notes: Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia (09/14/2009-09/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 08/11/1846

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70 :: Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Notes: Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia (09/14/2009-09/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 08/11/1846

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Beati Mortui, sacred chorus for male chorus, Op. 115/1
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Notes: Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia (09/14/2009-09/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1833-1834

>Kreek, Cyrillus : Sacred Folk Songs (5), for chorus
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Notes: Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia (09/14/2009-09/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern