Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang" / Chalker, Rivera, Cole, Seattle SO & Chorale

> Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise) - I. Sinfonia: Maestoso con moto - Allegro - Maestoso con moto come I
> Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise) - I. Allegretto un poco agitato -
> Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise) - I. Adagio religioso
> Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise) - II. Alles was Odem hat (Chorus) - Lobe den Herrn meine Seele (Soprano, Chorus)
> Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise) - III. Recitative: Saget es, die ihr erlost seid - Er zahlet unsre Tranen (Tenor)
> Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise) - IV. Sagt es, die ihr erloset seid (Chorus)
> Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise) - V. Ich harrete des Herrn (2 Sopranos, Chorus)
> Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise) - VI. Stricke des Todes hatten uns umfangen (Tenor) - Wir riefen in der Finsternis (Tenor) - Die Nacht ist vergangen (Soprano)
> Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise) - VII. Die Nacht ist vergangen (Chorus)
> Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise) - VIII. Chorale: Nun danket alle Gott (Chorus)
> Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise) - IX. Drum sing' ich mit meinem Liede (Soprano, Tenor)
> Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise) - X. Ihr Volker! bringet her dem Herrn (Chorus)

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 "Lobgesang"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Mendelssohn wrote his Second Symphony or Lobgesang ('Hymn of Praise') in 1840, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Gutenberg's invention of movable type. This symphony-cantata, as the composer termed it, is duly permeated with a rich and often jubilant spirit, and patterned after Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in its solo vocal and large choral forces. The rich orchestral palette is supplemented by thrilling and expressive vocal writing, which includes solos and duets of great beauty, and culminates in a blazing fugal ending.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
I wish someone would do this in English. Mendelssohn himself conducted it in English a few months after the German premiere; and, knowing Mendelssohn, he must have had an English performance in mind from the beginning. I think Eugene Ormandy used to do it in English, but I know of no such recording. Some parts of it are pretty well known in English ('I Waited for the Lord' for sure). Naxos gives us no texts or translation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Center Opera House, USA (04/22/1991-04/23/1991).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 "Lobgesang"
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Chorale
  • Notes: Seattle Center Opera House, USA (04/22/1991-04/23/1991)
  • Running Time: 70 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1840