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Mendelssohn, Kreek: Psalms / Reuss, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Mendelssohn / Kreek / Reuss
Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1201   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Cyrillus KreekFelix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



KREEK Psalms 22, 104, 137, 141. Onnis on inimene. Sacred Folk Songs. MENDELSSOHN Psalms 100, 2, 43, 22. Hebe deine Auge. Denn Er hat Seinen Engeln befohlen. Wie selig sind die Toten Daniel Reuss, cond; Estonian PCCh ONDINE ODE 1201-2 (64:15 Text and Translation)


Mendelssohn’s seven psalms are well suited to the sweet and sunny tone of the Estonian Read more Philharmonic Chamber Choir. It might be that the declamatory “Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord” could be sung with the same brio one expects at the beginning of the “Italian” Symphony, and that the dramatic “Why Do the Nations” is a bit too demure, but their excellent blend and intonation, combined with their ability to make one believe what they are singing, give more satisfaction than one finds in either Roger Norrington’s glib performances (Decca) or Helmuth Riling’s academic readings by his Stuttgart Bach Collegium (Hänssler). With the Estonian choir we find something genuine, without self-conscious scholarship on one hand, and something rooted in a great tradition with no hint of pop alloys on the other.


The psalm settings of Cyrillus Kreek, Nordic rather than Germanic or Slavic in character, unfold with the cool, monumental dignity one associates with Sibelius. The melodic material, very folklike, and often sung in octaves, is quite moving. More moving still are his arrangements of five sacred folk songs. The temperaments of composer, conductor, and chorus seem to be in perfect accord with the architecture of the Haapsalu Dome in which these beautiful anthems are sung. One is reminded of Ruskin’s idea that architecture tells us most about the soul of a culture. It seems that the Estonian works and all of the performances, gentle, profound, demure, state his case persuasively.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Psalm 22 by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
2.
Psalm 104 by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
3.
Psalm 137 by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
4.
Onnis on inimene by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
5.
Psalm 141 by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
6.
Sacred Folk Songs by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
7.
Sacred Choruses (2), Op. 115: no 1, Beati mortui by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
8.
Psalms (3), Op. 78 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1844; Germany 
9.
English Church Pieces (3), Op. 69: no 2, Jubilate by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
10.
Elijah, Op. 70: Lift thine eyes to the mountains by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
11.
Elijah, Op. 70: For He shall give his angels by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 

Sound Samples

Psalm 100, "Jauchzet dem Herrn, all Welt"
Taaveti laulud (Psalms of David): Taaveti laulud 22, "Mu Jumal! Mu Jumal!" (Psalm 22, "My God, my God?")
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"
Taaveti laulud (Psalms of David): Taaveti laul 141, "Issand, ma huuan Su poole" (Psalm 141, "O Lord I call to thee")
Taaveti laulud (Psalms of David): Taaveti laul 104, "Kiida, mu hing, Issandat!" (Psalm 104, "Bless the Lord, my soul!")
Taaveti laulud (Psalms of David): Onnis on inimene (Happy is the man)
Taaveti laulud (Psalms of David): Taaveti laul 137, "Paabeli jogede kaldail" (Psalm 137, "By the rivers of Babylon"
Elijah, Op. 70: Part II: Hebe deine Augen auf zu den Bergen
Elijah, Op. 70, Part I: Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen uber dir (arr. for unaccompanied choir)
2 Sacred choruses, Op. 115: No. 1. Beati Mortui
Kui suur on meie vaesus (arr. C. Kreek for choir)
Jeesus koige ulem haa (arr. C. Kreek for choir)
Armas Jeesus, Sind ma palun (arr. C. Kreek for choir)
Oh Jeesus, sinu valu (arr. C. Kreek for choir)
Mu suda, arka ules (arr. C. Kreek for choir)

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