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Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Works / Marlow, Et Al


Release Date: 05/23/2006 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10363   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Mark WilliamsRachel BennettPaul CaseyAndrew Tortise,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nearly 160 years after his death, the position which Felix Mendelssohn holds as a crucial link between the classical style of Mozart and Beethoven and the high romantic style of Schumann and Brahms is unquestioningly secure, but he is still an imperfectly known composer whose reputation continues to rest on his orchestral output and on his oratorios 'Elijah' and 'St Paul'; his sacred choral works (excepting 'Elijah' and 'St Paul') are very seldom heard. Mendelssohn devoted much of his energy and talent to music for liturgical use, and it forms a substantial proportion of his output. This is the second recording by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge for Chandos, which follows the success of the complete choral works by Duruflé Read more (CHAN10357). Mendelssohn was in the forefront of the nineteenth-century revival of the music of J.S. Bach and his choral music owes a powerful debt to Bach's influence. 'Hear my prayer', the most well known of Mendelssohn's sacred pieces, is recorded here with several of his less well-known - but no less enjoyable - sacred works, including the Three Psalms, Op.78. These are among the most ambitious of Mendelssohn's a cappella works. 'Die deutsche Liturgie', for double chorus a cappella, is a late work intended for church use, and an extremely attractive piece making economic use of the possibility of antiphony between the choirs. The 'Ave Maria' for eight-part choir and organ is an early work, which was published in 1830 as the second of three motets that make up his Op.23. Another cycle, published in 1844, was the set of Six Motets, Op.79. Each chorus is associated with a particular church festival - Christmas, New Year's Day, Ascension, Easter, Advent, Good Friday. Mendelssohn's unaccompanied choral writing is here at its most fluid, moving easily between mastery of intertwining polyphonic lines and hymnic homophony, often within one piece. The opening Christmas chorus is especially charming, and the Advent motet, with its resourceful canonic writing and range of vocal textures, is perhaps the high point of the set from a compositional point of view. In fact, all this music has considerable beauty and instantly captivates the listener. Trinity College has a long and distinguished choral tradition and in this release offers an exquisite performance of sacred works by Mendelssohn, re-introducing many unknown works to the recorded choral catalogue. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Anthems (6), Op. 79 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1846; Germany 
2.
Hear my prayer by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Mark Williams (Organ), Rachel Bennett (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
3.
Sacred Choruses (2), Op. 115: no 1, Beati mortui by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Paul Casey (Tenor), Andrew Tortise (Tenor), Christopher Adams (Bass),
Angus McCarey (Bass)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
4.
Die deutsche Liturgie by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Angus McCarey (Bass), Clare Wilkinson (Alto), Paul Casey (Tenor),
Eugenie Cheng (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Germany 
5.
Sacred Pieces (3), Op. 23: no 2, Ave Maria by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Mark Williams (Organ), Andrew Tortise (Tenor), Catherine Arnold (Alto),
Rachel Bennett (Soprano), Angus McCarey (Bass), Clare Wilkinson (Alto),
Eugenie Cheng (Soprano), Paul Casey (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
6.
Psalm 100 "Jauchzet dem Herrn" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Andrew Tortise (Tenor), Christopher Adams (Bass), Helen Deeming (Soprano),
Angus McCarey (Bass), Paula Downes (Soprano), Clare Wilkinson (Alto),
Paul Casey (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
7.
Motets (3) for Chorus and Organ, Op. 39: no 2, Praise the Lord by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Clare Wilkinson (Alto), Rachel Bennett (Soprano), Eugenie Cheng (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830/1838; Germany 
8.
English Church Pieces (3), Op. 69: no 3, Magnificat by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Andrew Tortise (Tenor), Christopher Adams (Bass), Clare Wilkinson (Alto),
Eugenie Cheng (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
9.
Psalms (3), Op. 78 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Catherine Arnold (Alto), Andrew Tortise (Tenor), Alastair Brookshaw (Tenor),
Angus McCarey (Bass), Clare Wilkinson (Alto), Helen Deeming (Soprano),
Paul Casey (Tenor), Christopher Adams (Bass)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1844; Germany 

Sound Samples

6 Spruche, Op. 79: No. 1. Weinachten
6 Spruche, Op. 79: No. 2. Am Neujahrstage
6 Spruche, Op. 79: No. 3. Am Himmelfahrtstage
6 Spruche, Op. 79: No. 4. In der Passionzeit
6 Spruche, Op. 79: No. 5. Im Advent
6 Spruche, Op. 79: No. 6. Am Charfreitage
Hear my prayer: O God, incline thine ear!
Hear my prayer: O for the wings of a dove!
2 Sacred choruses, Op. 115: 2 sacred choruses, Op. 115: No. 1. Beati mortui
Die deutsche Liturgie: Kyrie eleison
Die deutsche Liturgie: Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe
Die deutsche Liturgie: Heilig
3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23: No. 2. Ave maria
Psalm 100, "Jauchzet dem Herrn, all Welt"
3 Motets, Op. 39: Ihr Kinder Israel, dankt dem Herrn (Chorus)
3 Motets, Op. 39: Wohl denen, die ihn von Herzen (Trio)
3 Motets, Op. 69: 3 motets, Op. 69: No. 3. Magnificat
3 Psalms, Op. 78: No. 1. Psalm 2, "Warum toben die Heiden"
3 Psalms, Op. 78: No. 2. Psalm 43, "Richte mich, Gott"
3 Psalms, Op. 78: No. 3. Psalm 22, "Mein Gott, warum hast du mich verlassen"

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