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Mendelssohn: Complete Psalm Cantatas / Matt, Chamber Choir Of Europe

Mendelssohn / Chamber Choir Of Europe / Matt
Release Date: 05/28/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94603   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mendelssohn, born at the very beginning of the 19th century, was a composer who stood at a number of junctures. Firstly, he straddled the sphere of the Classical masters and the new Romantic pathway being forged especially by Beethoven. Secondly, in his personal life, as a Jew who had converted to Protestantism, he struggled to be accepted fully into his new religion, despite his close adherence to its principles. Thirdly, and most relevantly to this collection, he was privy to an ongoing debate concerning the place and function of church music within religious services.

These cantatas, although relatively disregarded by the overly self-critical composer and consequently only published in the 1970s and 80s, demonstrate
Read more Mendelssohn's ability to strike a pleasing and impressive balance between the two extremes of this debate. The pieces are certainly not 'utility music' intended merely to serve a specific purpose within a church service; but neither do they cast off the liturgical framework in the manner of Beethoven's Ninth or Mendelssohn's 'Reformation' Symphony. Each one succeeds in having its own captivating effect capable of transporting the listener.

The Psalm Cantatas are performed here by the Chamber Choir of Europe who, among numerous other feats, have already recorded the complete sacred choral works of both Mozart and Mendelssohn. They are led by Nicol Matt, a specialist in church music who has had several releases on Brilliant Classics and sold over eight million CDs worldwide.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2002, Studio der Württembergischen Philharmonie Reutlingen.
- The only single CD with the complete Psalm Cantatas available.
- Mendelssohn's Psalm Cantatas are small scale works for vocal soloists, choir and orchestra, based on well known psalms, expressing the general emotional content of the psalm in dramatic and romantic musical language. The writing is firmly rooted in the German choral tradition, no wonder for a composer who revived Bach's Matthäus Passion in his time.
- Single issue drawn from the set of the complete choral works by Mendelssohn performed by the Chamber Choir of Europe conducted by Nicol Matt, a set which received uniform praise in the international press, among others a prestigious "Diapason d'Or".
- Contains sung texts and comprehensive liner notes on the composer and music as well as conductor/ensemble biographies. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Psalm 98, Op. 91 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
2.
Psalm 95, Op. 46 "Kommt, lasst uns anbeten" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1841; Germany 
3.
Psalm 42, Op. 42 "Wie der Hirsch schreit" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
4.
Psalm 115, Op. 31 "Nicht unserm Namen, Herr" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
5.
Psalm 114, Op. 51 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 

Sound Samples

Psalm 42, Op. 42, MWV A15: Wie der Hirsch schreit (Chorus)
Psalm 42, Op. 42, MWV A15: Aria: Meine Seele durstet nach Gott (Soprano)
Psalm 42, Op. 42, MWV A15: Recitative: Meine Tranen sind (Soprano)
Psalm 42, Op. 42, MWV A15: Denn ich wollte (Soprano, Chorus)
Psalm 42, Op. 42, MWV A15: Was betrubst du dich, meine Seele (Chorus)
Psalm 42, Op. 42, MWV A15: Quintetto: Der Herr hat des Tages (Soprano)
Psalm 42, Op. 42, MWV A15: Schulsschor: Was betrubst du dich, meine Seele
Kommt, lasst uns anbeten, Op. 46, MWV A16, "Psalm 95": Kommt, lasst uns anbeten und knien vor dem Herrn (Tenor, Chorus)
Kommt, lasst uns anbeten, Op. 46, MWV A16, "Psalm 95": Kommet herzu, lasst uns dem Herrn frohlocken! (Soprano, Chorus)
Kommt, lasst uns anbeten, Op. 46, MWV A16, "Psalm 95": Duet: Denn in seiner Hand ist (Soprano 1, Soprano 2)
Kommt, lasst uns anbeten, Op. 46, MWV A16, "Psalm 95": Denn sein ist das Meer (Tenor, Chorus)
Kommt, lasst uns anbeten, Op. 46, MWV A16, "Psalm 95": Huet, so ihr seine Stimme horet (Tenor, Chorus)
Singet dem Herrn, Op. 91, MWV A23, "Psalm 98": Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Bass, Chorus)
Singet dem Herrn, Op. 91, MWV A23, "Psalm 98": Der Herr lasst sein Heil verkundigen (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Singet dem Herrn, Op. 91, MWV A23, "Psalm 98": Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Weit (Chorus)
Singet dem Herrn, Op. 91, MWV A23, "Psalm 98": Er wird den Erdkreis richten mit Gerechtigkeit (Chorus)
Psalm 114, Op. 51, MWV A17: Da Israel aus Agypten zog (Chorus)
Psalm 114, Op. 51, MWV A17: Das Meer sah und floh (Chorus)
Psalm 114, Op. 51, MWV A17: Was war dir, du Meer (Chorus)
Psalm 114, Op. 51, MWV A17: Vor dem Herm bebte die Erde (Chorus)
Psalm 115, Op. 31, MWV A9: Nicht unserm Namen, Herr, nur deinem geheilligten (Chorus)
Psalm 115, Op. 31, MWV A9: Duet: Israel hofft auf dich, du wirst sie beschutzen in Not (Soprano, Tenor)
Psalm 115, Op. 31, MWV A9: Aria: Er segne euch je mehr und mehr (Bass)
Psalm 115, Op. 31, MWV A9: Die Toten werden dich nicht loben (Chorus)

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