Arnold Mendelssohn: Motetten zur Weihnacht; Deutsche Messe, Op. 89 / SWR Vocal Ensemble

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Arnold : Deutsche Messe, Op. 89
>Mendelssohn, Arnold : Traufelt ihr Himmel von oben, motet, Op. 90/5
>Mendelssohn, Arnold : Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, motet, Op. 90/9
>Mendelssohn, Arnold : Siehe! Finsternis decket das Erdreich, motet, Op. 90/10
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Today, the name of Arnold Mendelssohn scarcely ranks as a footnote in most musical textbooks; however, he played a seminal role in the revival of German church music. His love of polyphony, combined with his characteristic warm, late Romantic harmonic language imbues Mendelssohn's scores with a sense of otherworldly timelessness.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
Son of a second cousin of Felix Mendelssohn, Arnold (1855-1933) was a respected teacher. His beautiful, masterly choral works are splendidly sung here.

Expedition Audio Recommended
... The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart is one of the preeminent choirs active today. In terms of balance, intonation, expression - well, everything actually, the performances are faultless and absolutely gorgeous. Hanssler Classic provides a warm and glowing ambiance on this demonstration-class Super Audio CD. For any lover of choral music, this undeservingly forgotten music is not to be missed. ... read more ...

Gramophone Magazine, December 2012
Mendelssohn devoted most of his life to his academic career, writing superbly crafted choral music like the Christmas cantatas on this excellent disc....[Bernius] draws wonderfully varied tone colours and dynamic contrasts from his excellent chorus...It is good to have a disc that gives us a new and virtually unknown Mendelssohn to admire.

MusicWeb International, November 2012
It's a delight - attractive music, constructed with a craftsmanship worthy of Arnold Mendelssohn's more famous forebear, in excellent performances and well recorded.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Rest assured that Maestro Bernius and his singers are not at all troubled by the difficulty of the music. They sing it gorgeously - with spirit, skill, and a full commitment to the proposition that Arnold Mendelssohn did not compose his sacred music in vain. Notes, texts, and translations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio.



Reviews

For any lover of choral music, this is not to be missed!
Directed by Frieder Bernius, the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart is one of the preeminent choirs active today. In terms of balance, intonation, expression - well, everything actually, the performances are faultless and absolutely gorgeous. Hanssler Classic provides a warm and glowing ambiance on this demonstration-class Super Audio CD. For any lover of choral music, this undeservingly forgotten music is not to be missed.
Submitted on 10/27/12 by Paul Ballyk 
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>Mendelssohn, Arnold : Deutsche Messe, Op. 89
  • Conductor: Frieder Bernius
  • Ensemble: SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart
  • Notes: SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (01/12/2011-01/13/2011); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (02/20/2009); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (06/25/2009-06/26/2009); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (09/26/2008); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (12/10/2009-12/11/2009)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Mendelssohn, Arnold : Träufelt ihr Himmel von oben, motet, Op. 90/5
  • Conductor: Frieder Bernius
  • Notes: SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (01/12/2011-01/13/2011); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (02/20/2009); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (06/25/2009-06/26/2009); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (09/26/2008); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (12/10/2009-12/11/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1923-1924

>Mendelssohn, Arnold : Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, motet, Op. 90/9
  • Conductor: Frieder Bernius
  • Notes: SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (01/12/2011-01/13/2011); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (02/20/2009); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (06/25/2009-06/26/2009); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (09/26/2008); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (12/10/2009-12/11/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1923-1924

>Mendelssohn, Arnold : Siehe! Finsternis decket das Erdreich, motet, Op. 90/10
  • Conductor: Frieder Bernius
  • Notes: SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (01/12/2011-01/13/2011); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (02/20/2009); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (06/25/2009-06/26/2009); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (09/26/2008); SWR Stuttgart Funkstudio (12/10/2009-12/11/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1923-1924