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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

Mendelssohn / Seattle Sym & Chorale / Schwarz
Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8571209   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vinson ColeMargaret ChalkerMadeline Rivera
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony OrchestraSeattle Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mendelssohn wrote his Second Symphony or Lobgesang (‘Hymn of Praise’) in 1840, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Gutenberg’s invention of movable type. This symphony-cantata, as the composer termed it, is duly permeated with a rich and often jubilant spirit, and patterned after Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in its solo vocal and large choral forces. The rich orchestral palette is supplemented by thrilling and expressive vocal writing, which includes solos and duets of great beauty, and culminates in a blazing fugal ending. Mendelssohn wrote his Second Symphony or Lobgesang (‘Hymn of Praise’) in 1840, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Gutenberg’s invention of movable type. This symphony-cantata, as the composer termed it, is duly permeated with a rich and often jubilant spirit, and patterned after Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in its solo vocal and large choral forces. The rich orchestral palette is supplemented by thrilling and expressive vocal writing, which includes solos and duets of great beauty, and culminates in a blazing fugal ending. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 "Lobgesang" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vinson Cole (Tenor), Margaret Chalker (Soprano), Madeline Rivera (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Seattle Chorale
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Opera House, Seattle 
Length: 73 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 

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