Notes & Reviews:
Early Music Today, December 2014
John Mark Ainsley gives fully of himself, injecting real verve into his arias and many snippets of recitative.
BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
Herreweghe wipes away layers of Victorian fustiness in this lean-textured, rhythmically incisive performance of period instruments. Effective soloists, lacking the last ounce of drama.
Mendelssohn's oratorio Elias is a sensitive, moving and substantial adaptation of one of the most beautiful chapters of the Christian Bible. This live recording from 1993 featuring Philippe Herreweghe was the first recording of the work on original instruments. The conductor draws maximum effect from Mendelssohn's powerful score, and upon its original release, this recording was universally praised.
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