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