Notes & Reviews:
A grand oratorio in two parts, Mendelssohn composed Elijah in the spirit of his baroque predecessors. It tells the story of the stern Old Testament prophet who preached against the idol worship of the Israelite people. This 1989 recording features Willard White in the title role and Rosalind Plowright, Linda Finnie, Arthur Davies, and Jeremy Budd singing the supporting parts. This release, part of the ongoing Richard Hickox Legacy series, features the late conductor leading the LSO and Chorus.
American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Willard White is easily the best Elijah on records. Hampson employs his standard tricks. Arthur Davies has a beautiful voice and is better than most other tenors - certainly ahead of Jerry Hadley (Shaw) and maybe even Richard Lewis (Ormandy). The choir is excellent. The great climaxes work well and have plenty of organ. (This was recorded in a church.)
Recording information: Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hamstead, London, Engla (04/21/1989-04/25/1989).
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Works DetailsMendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70
- Performers: Roderick Elms (Organ); Willard White
- Conductor: Richard Hickox
- Notes: Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hamstead, London, England (04/21/1989-04/25/1989)
- Running Time: 122 min. 18 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 08/11/1846