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Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Music / Choirs of St Albans Abbey, Peter Holder, organ

Audio Samples

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sechs Sprüche
>Mendelssohn, Felix : St. Paul, Op. 36
>     How lovely are the messengers
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hear my prayer
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Veni Domine ("Hear my prayer, O Lord"), motet for female chorus & organ in G minor, Op. 39/1
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Allegro, Choral and Fugue for organ in D minor/D major [Little Pieces (4) for organ no 4]
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Three Motets, Op. 69
>     no 3. Magnificat
>     no 1. Nunc dimittis
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Wohin habt ihr ihm getragen? from Motet Op. 39, #3 (F. Mendelsso
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sacred Pieces (3), Op. 23
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Laudate pueri ("O praise the Lord"), motet for female chorus & organ in E flat major, Op. 39/2
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalm 43 ("Richte mich, Gott"), for double chorus in D minor, Op. 78/2

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sechs Sprüche
>Mendelssohn, Felix : St. Paul, Op. 36
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hear my prayer
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Veni Domine ("Hear my prayer, O Lord"), motet for female chorus & organ in G minor, Op. 39/1
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Allegro, Choral and Fugue for organ in D minor/D major [Little Pieces (4) for organ no 4]
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Three Motets, Op. 69
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Wohin habt ihr ihm getragen? from Motet Op. 39, #3 (F. Mendelsso
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sacred Pieces (3), Op. 23
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Laudate pueri ("O praise the Lord"), motet for female chorus & organ in E flat major, Op. 39/2
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalm 43 ("Richte mich, Gott"), for double chorus in D minor, Op. 78/2
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Compared with large-scale oratorios such as St Paul, which includes the lyrical chorus How lovely are the messengers, Mendelssohn's smaller sacred choral works were influenced by Palestrina, ranging from short liturgical motets such as the Sechs Sprüche to the canticle settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis. The famous sacred melody 'O for the wings of a dove' is to be found in Hear my prayer. The fine choristers of St Albans Cathedral can also be heard 'on sparkling form' (Gramophone) in John Rutter's Gloria (8.572563). Tom Winpenny is Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral, where he accompanies the daily choral services and directs the Abbey Girls Choir. Previously, as Sub-Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, London, he performed with the Cathedral Choir at the AGO National Convention, with the London Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 8, and played for great state occasions.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2012
On their showing here, St Albans Abbey Girls Choir can stand comparison with the best boys' choirs, even if their sound is slightly different...Throughout, great care has obviously been taken over words and phrasing. The purity and steadiness of the girls' voices are in themselves utterly delightful, but they do mean that any unsteadiness elsewhere stands out.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2012
The Three Motets for female voices and organ, Op. 39, are performed with a pleasing freshness...Best of all is the wonderful sonority of the eight-voice a cappella bookends, the Six Anthems and the setting of Psalm 43, Richte mich, Gott. And Winpenny's organ solo is of a comparable splendour.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Performances, from start to finish, are well done and enjoyable, with some exceptionally sweet-toned solo work from young Laura Hicks. The St Albans Abbey Girls Choir can stand toe-to-toe with all but the top handful of England's boy-treble cathedral ensembles. Well-engineered sound and a serviceable booklet wrap up a worthwhile package.

MusicWeb International
... generally excellent performances that are well recorded and well presented.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, (07/16/2011); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, (07/19/2011-07/21/2011).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sechs Sprüche
  • Conductor: Tom Winpenny
  • Ensemble: St Albans Abbey Girls Choir
  • Notes: Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/16/2011); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Mendelssohn, Felix : St. Paul, Op. 36 :: How lovely are the messengers
  • Performer: Peter Holder (Organ)
  • Conductor: Tom Winpenny
  • Notes: Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/16/2011); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/18/1836

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hear my prayer
  • Performers: Peter Holder (Organ); Lara Hicks
  • Conductor: Tom Winpenny
  • Notes: Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/16/2011); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/25/1844

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Veni Domine ("Hear my prayer, O Lord"), motet for female chorus & organ in G minor, Op. 39/1
  • Performer: Peter Holder (Organ)
  • Conductor: Tom Winpenny
  • Notes: Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/16/2011); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/31/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Allegro, Choral and Fugue for organ in D minor/D major [Little Pieces (4) for organ no 4]
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/16/2011); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/25/1844

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Three Motets, Op. 69 :: no 3. Magnificat
  • Performers: Kenneth Burgess (Baritone); David Martin-Smith; Peter Holder (Organ)
  • Conductor: Tom Winpenny
  • Notes: Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/16/2011); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Three Motets, Op. 69 :: no 1. Nunc dimittis
  • Performer: Peter Holder (Organ)
  • Conductor: Tom Winpenny
  • Notes: Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/16/2011); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Wohin habt ihr ihm getragen? from Motet Op. 39, #3 (F. Mendelsso
  • Performer: Peter Holder (Organ)
  • Conductor: Tom Winpenny
  • Notes: Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/16/2011); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/30/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sacred Pieces (3), Op. 23
  • Performers: Geoff McMahon; Alan Herbert; Philip Salmon (Tenor); Oliver Martin-Smith; Peter Holder (Organ)
  • Conductor: Tom Winpenny
  • Notes: Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/16/2011); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/16/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Laudate pueri ("O praise the Lord"), motet for female chorus & organ in E flat major, Op. 39/2
  • Performer: Peter Holder (Organ)
  • Conductor: Tom Winpenny
  • Notes: Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/16/2011); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/14/1837

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalm 43 ("Richte mich, Gott"), for double chorus in D minor, Op. 78/2
  • Conductor: Tom Winpenny
  • Notes: Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/16/2011); Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, Hertfordshire, UK (07/19/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/03/1844