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Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Music / Hill, et al

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Aus tiefer Noth schrei'ich zu dir, sacred piece for tenor, chorus & organ in F major, Op. 23/1
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sacred Pieces (3), Op. 23
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hear my prayer
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalms (3), Op. 78
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalm 43 ("Richte mich, Gott"), for double chorus in D minor, Op. 78/2
>Mendelssohn, Arnold : Zum Abendsegen ("Herr, sei gnadig"), for chorus in E flat major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Die deutsche Liturgie
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Heilig, Heilig Ist Gott, der Herr Zebaoth, for double chorus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe, for double chorus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Verleih uns Frieden
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Notes & Reviews:

Nowhere is Mendelssohn's creative psyche more poignantly exposed than in his choral works. His desire to create music rewarding for performers and listeners alike is everywhere apparent, as is his always mellifluous and gracious vocal writing. Most endearing of all are Mendelssohn's worlds of dreamlike contentment, which cocoon the listener in a web of enchanted idealism. 'Hr mein Bitten' (Hear my prayer) is the most popular of his small-scale choral works and was composed during Mendelssohn's eighth visit to England in 1844, just before he began putting the finishing touches to his violin concerto. The piece conjures up the feelings of peace and contentment in the flowing melodic lines of the inimitable O for the wings of a dove, which is also on this disc in its famous English adaptation. All of these sacred works are radiantly performed by The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge under David Hill in the first of a new series of recordings on the Hyperion label.

'I doubt that you would find a better performance of Mendelssohn's sacred choral music than this. Finely executed with immaculate phrasing sensitively performed, it is clear that David Hill is leading the choir of St John's to even greater heights while it maintains its own highly individual sound. The whole production is worthy of the highest praise' (Choir & Organ)

'Outgoing, excitingly resonant, spirited singing' (Gramophone)

'...some lovely - indeed memorable - performances here; including a gorgeous account of Mendelssohn's richly opulent Ave Maria, Op 23 no 2 (Allan Clayton the wonderfully yearning tenor soloist)and a gloriously magisterial Warum toben die Heiden from Op. 78 ... Quentin Beer is an impressively clear and pure-voiced treble in that most famous of all treble solos - 'O, for the wings of a dove' ... The recording is a triumph. Hyperion has come up with a far more rewarding sound than either Decca or Naxos was ever able to achieve at St John's' (International Record Review)

'This is one special record' (American Record Guide)

'The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, under David Hill, simply outsings all the current competition in sacred music by Mendelssohn' (Fanfare, USA)



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Aus tiefer Noth schrei'ich zu dir, sacred piece for tenor, chorus & organ in F major, Op. 23/1
  • Performers: George Humphreys (Baritone); Lester Lardenoye (Countertenor); John Robinson (Organ); Allan Clayton (Tenor)
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/08/2005/07/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/19/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sacred Pieces (3), Op. 23
  • Performers: John Robinson (Organ); Allan Clayton (Tenor)
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/08/2005/07/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/16/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sacred Pieces (3), Op. 23
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/08/2005/07/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/20/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hear my prayer
  • Performer: John Robinson (Organ)
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/08/2005/07/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/25/1844

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalms (3), Op. 78
  • Performers: George Humphreys (Baritone); Lester Lardenoye (Countertenor); Peter Morton (Tenor); Jonathan Knight (Tenor); Andrew Davies; Peter Crawford (Tenor)
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/08/2005/07/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/15/1843

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Psalm 43 ("Richte mich, Gott"), for double chorus in D minor, Op. 78/2
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/08/2005/07/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/03/1844

>Mendelssohn, Arnold : Zum Abendsegen ("Herr, sei gnädig"), for chorus in E flat major
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/08/2005/07/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Die deutsche Liturgie :: Kyrie eleison, Op. posth., for double choir
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/08/2005/07/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 10/28/1846

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Heilig, Heilig Ist Gott, der Herr Zebaoth, for double chorus
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/08/2005/07/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe, for double chorus
  • Performers: Jonathan Knight (Tenor); Andrew Davies; Peter Crawford (Tenor)
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/08/2005/07/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Verleih uns Frieden
  • Performer: John Robinson (Organ)
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/08/2005/07/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 02/10/1831

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hear my prayer
  • Performer: John Robinson (Organ)
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (07/08/2005/07/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/25/1844