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Mendelssohn: Elijah, 1846

Mendelssohn / Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir
Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 300   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sarah ConnollyWilliam GauntSusan GilmourWilliam Whitehead,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At the time of its first performances in 1846, Elijah was hailed as one of the great oratorios alongside handel's Messiah. it tells the story of the prophet with imposing grandeur, inspirational orchestration and beautiful arias, recitatives and choruses. This mighty piece requires powerful orchestral and choral forces and Gabrieli singers are reinforced with talented young singers from the Gabrieli Young Singers' Scheme and the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir. This recording sees over 440 musicians taking part, including 92 string players and over 300 singers. This new recording was made following an acclaimed performance at the 2011 BBC Proms, and follows in the ootsteps of the Gabrielis' other large-scale projects with Signum - such as the Read more BBC Music Magazine awardwinning Berlioz Grande messe des mortes (SiGCd280) and their recent new Venetian Coronation (SiGCd287). '...a microclimate of such unstable energy that it could easily have registered on the Beaufort Scale. Prototype movie. Tropical hurricane. Last night's Elijah was both.' The Arts Desk - Concert review from their BBC Proms performance, shortly before this recording was made. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Elijah, Op. 70 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sarah Connolly (), William Gaunt (), Susan Gilmour (),
William Whitehead (Organ), Samuel Boden (), Rosemary Joshua (),
Simon Keenlyside (), Ruth Gibbins (), Emily Rowley [Soprano Vocal] Jones (),
Lucy Ballard (), Richard Rowntree (), Robert Murray (),
Robert [Bass-Baritone Vocal] Davies ()
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Length: 121 Minutes 9 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 I'm not a choral person...but WOW! February 21, 2013 By F. Heilberg (San Francisco, CA) See All My Reviews "I'd recently been listening to a lot of Mendelssohn and was thinking about getting a disc of Elijah when this disc was released. After reading several excellent reviews, I decided to get this one. I generally don't listen to a lot of the big choral pieces, but this one was totally enchanting. Top marks for the music, the orchestra, the chorus, the singers, the production, the packaging, and especially Paul McCreesh. No need for me to go into details. Buy the disc and experience them for yourself." Report Abuse
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