Notes & Reviews:
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy must have held his symphony-cantata Lobgesang in particularly high regard. It was printed as his second symphony, following the publication of his first symphony, but at a time when his Italian and Reformation Symphonies had already been composed. Shortly after its publication the work was performed to great acclaim in Winterthur - which means that this new recording by the usikkollegium Winterthur stands in the best tradition.
Mendelssohn's contemporaries outside Switzerland looked with suspicion on the combination of three symphonic movements with a nine-part cantata. A few years before Beethoven's Ninth Symphony had first dared such an experiment though within clearly more modest dimensions. The great virtuosity with which Mendelssohn combines the instrumental and vocal parts is fascinating.
In the midst of things instead of merely present: on MDG's three-dimensional 2+2+2 Recording, produced with the very finest SACD technique, the vibrant atmosphere of the concert live recording is conveyed with you-are-there quality into the home living room. The impressive acoustics of the Winterthur Town Church do their part in order to enable the magnificent tonal splendor of this masterpiece to unfold in full.
Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Th Swiss orchestra...relish [the Adagio religioso's] languid music in particular...The transition from symphony to cantata is achieved with a beautifully judged bridge...The trio of soloists are all high calibre...Boyd draws out all of the poetic potential of this underrated masterpiece. This new interpretation must be one of the top contenders.
Recording information: Stadthaus Winterthur (2014).
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Works DetailsMendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 "Lobgesang"
- Performers: Jörg Dürmüller (Tenor); Malin Hartelius (Soprano); Lisa Larsson (Soprano)
- Conductor: Douglas Boyd
- Ensemble: Ensemble Corund
- Running Time: 54 min. 16 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Choral
- Written: circa 1840