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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

1.
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 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise): I. Sinfonia: Maestoso con moto - Allegro - Maestoso con moto come I
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise): I. Allegretto un poco agitato -
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise): I. Adagio religioso
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise): II. Alles was Odem hat (Chorus) - Lobe den Herrn meine Seele (Soprano, Chorus)
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise): III. Recitative: Saget es, die ihr erlost seid - Er zahlet unsre Tranen (Tenor)
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise): IV. Sagt es, die ihr erloset seid (Chorus)
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise): V. Ich harrete des Herrn (2 Sopranos, Chorus)
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise): VI. Stricke des Todes hatten uns umfangen (Tenor) - Wir riefen in der Finsternis (Tenor) - Die Nacht ist vergangen (Soprano)
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise): VII. Die Nacht ist vergangen (Chorus)
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise): VIII. Chorale: Nun danket alle Gott (Chorus)
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise): IX. Drum sing' ich mit meinem Liede (Soprano, Tenor)
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise): X. Ihr Volker! bringet her dem Herrn (Chorus)

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