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Mendelssohn: Elijah (1846)
Felix Mendelssohn

Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir / Gabrieli Consort & Players

Mendelssohn: Elijah (1846)

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212030028
Catnr: SIGCD 300
Release date: 01 September 2012
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Signum Classics
UPC
0635212030028
Catalogue number
SIGCD 300
Release date
01 September 2012
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About the album

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 mighty orchestral and choir 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 footsteps of the Gabrieli's other large-scale projects with Signum - such as the BBC Music Magazine award-winning 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.
Een stormachtige uitvoering van Elias
Tijdens zijn eerste uitvoering in 1846, werd Elias van Mendelssohn beschouwd als een van de grootste oratoria naast Händels Messiah. Het stuk vertelt het verhaal van de profeet Elias met indrukwekkende praal, inspirerende orkestratie en prachtige aria’s, recitatieven en koren.

Dit machtige werk vereist een even machtige orkest- en koorbezetting. De zangers van het Gabrieli Consort worden dan ook versterkt met getalenteerde jonge zangers uit het Gabrieli Young Singers’ Scheme en het Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir. Aan deze opname hebben meer dan 440 musici meegewerkt, waaronder 92 strijkers en meer dan 300 zangers.

Deze opname werd gemaakt na een uitvoering van Elias op de BBC Proms 2011. The Arts Desk schreef over deze uitvoering: “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.” De opname volgt andere grootschalige projecten van het Gabrieli Consort, zoals de opname van Berlioz' Grande Messe des Morts en hun album A New Venetian Coronation.

Artist(s)

Gabrieli Consort & Players

Gabrieli are world-renowned interpreters of great vocal and instrumental repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day. Founded by Paul McCreesh in 1982, Gabrieli have both outgrown and remained true to their original identity: whilst the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded beyond any expectation, McCreesh’s ever-questioning spirit, expressive musicianship and a healthy degree of iconoclasm remain constant and are reflected in the ensemble’s dynamic performances. Gabrieli’s repertoire includes major works of the oratorio tradition, virtuosic a cappella programmes and mould-breaking reconstructions of music for historical events. Above all, Gabrieli aims to create thought-provoking performances which stand out from the crowd.
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Gabrieli are world-renowned interpreters of great vocal and instrumental repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day. Founded by Paul McCreesh in 1982, Gabrieli have both outgrown and remained true to their original identity: whilst the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded beyond any expectation, McCreesh’s ever-questioning spirit, expressive musicianship and a healthy degree of iconoclasm remain constant and are reflected in the ensemble’s dynamic performances. Gabrieli’s repertoire includes major works of the oratorio tradition, virtuosic a cappella programmes and mould-breaking reconstructions of music for historical events. Above all, Gabrieli aims to create thought-provoking performances which stand out from the crowd.


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Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir

Wrocław Philharmonic Choir was founded in 2006 and is directed by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny. The choir has quickly established itself as a leading force in the Polish choral music scene; its dynamic profile encompasses a wide range of a cappella choral music as well as large-scale oratorio and symphonic repertoire. They work most frequently with the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra and the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra. Wrocław Philharmonic Choir are increasingly expanding their work across Europe and recent projects have included partnerships with established groups such as Gabrieli Consort & Players and the NDR Orchestra. They have appeared at many prominent European venues and festivals and were the first Polish choir to appear at the BBC Proms. Known for its adventurous and exciting...
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Wrocław Philharmonic Choir was founded in 2006 and is directed by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny. The choir has quickly established itself as a leading force in the Polish choral music scene; its dynamic profile encompasses a wide range of a cappella choral music as well as large-scale oratorio and symphonic repertoire. They work most frequently with the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra and the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra. Wrocław Philharmonic Choir are increasingly expanding their work across Europe and recent projects have included partnerships with established groups such as Gabrieli Consort & Players and the NDR Orchestra. They have appeared at many prominent European venues and festivals and were the first Polish choir to appear at the BBC Proms. Known for its adventurous and exciting programming, the choir has worked with conductors Paul McCreesh, Jacek Kaspszyk, Krzysztof Penderecki, James MacMillan, Mike Brewer and Bob Chilcott.

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Composer(s)

Felix Mendelssohn

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn is often compared to Mozart. Both of them were child prodigies, both had a talented sister and they both died at a young age. Mendelssohn, who as a child also painted wrote poetry, was born in small family which converted to christianity from judaism. As a composer he preferred looking back, rather than forward: his main examples were Bach, Handel and Mozart. It was Mendelssohn who retrieved Bach from oblivion and pushed for a revival of his music, which still lasts today. One century after its premier, Mendelsson performed the St Matthew Passion for the second...
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Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

Mendelssohn is often compared to Mozart. Both of them were child prodigies, both had a talented sister and they both died at a young age. Mendelssohn, who as a child also painted wrote poetry, was born in small family which converted to christianity from judaism. As a composer he preferred looking back, rather than forward: his main examples were Bach, Handel and Mozart. It was Mendelssohn who retrieved Bach from oblivion and pushed for a revival of his music, which still lasts today. One century after its premier, Mendelsson performed the St Matthew Passion for the second time ever, in 1829.

Three years, earlier, on his 17th, he had already composed his masterfully overture A midsummer night's dream op. 21, based on Shakespeare's play. Today, it is still considered as one of the absolute masterpieces in all of the orchestra reperoire. His Violin Concerto op. 64 belongs to the most beautiful works of the 19th century as well. During his travels through Europe, he wrote his brilliant Italian Symphony, Scottish Symphony and the overture The Hebrides.

Although Mendelssohn had a prosperous career, his weak physique made him emotionally vulnerable. The death of his favourite sister Fanny became fatal: Mendelssohn died in the same year, at the age of 38.


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Disc #1
01.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Introduction: As God the Lord of Israel liveth
01:05
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
02.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Overture
03:35
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
03.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: Help, Lord!
05:00
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
04.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Duet with Chorus: Lord, bow Thine ear to our prayer!
02:14
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
05.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative: Ye people, rend your hearts
00:54
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
06.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Aria: If with all your hearts
02:33
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
07.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: Yet doth the Lord see it not
04:14
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
08.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative: Elijah! Get thee hence, Elijah
00:56
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
09.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Double Quartet: For he shall give his Angels
02:36
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
10.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative: Now Cherith’s brook is dried up
01:17
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
11.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Duet: What have I to do with thee
06:08
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
12.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: Blessed are the men who fear Him
03:51
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
13.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative & Chorus: As God the Lord of Sabaoth liveth
04:18
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
14.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: Baal, we cry to thee
03:34
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
15.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative & Chorus: Call him louder, for he is a god!
01:07
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
16.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative & Chorus: Call him louder! He heareth not
02:23
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
17.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Aria: Lord God of Abraham
03:05
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
18.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Quartet: Cast thy burden upon the Lord
02:05
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
19.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative & Chorus: O Thou, who makest
03:04
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
20.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Aria: Is not His word like a fire
02:04
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
21.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Aria: Woe unto them that forsake Him!
02:38
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
22.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative & Chorus: O man of God, help thy people!
05:33
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
23.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: Thanks be to God!
04:04
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)

Disc #2
01.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Aria: Hear ye, Israel
05:23
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
02.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: Be not afraid, saith God the Lord
04:09
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
03.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative & Chorus: The Lord hath exalted thee
03:34
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
04.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: Woe to him, he shall perish
01:40
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
05.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative: Man of God
02:19
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
06.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Aria: It is enough!
05:09
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
07.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative: See, now he sleepeth
00:47
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
08.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Trio: Lift thine eyes to the mountains
01:48
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
09.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: He, watching over Israel
03:21
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
10.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative: Arise, Elijah
02:15
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
11.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Aria: Oh rest in the Lord
03:18
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
12.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: He that shall endure to the end
02:25
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
13.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative: Night falleth round me, O Lord!
01:44
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
14.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: Behold, God the Lord passed by
03:41
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
15.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative: Above him stood the Seraphim
00:26
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
16.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Quartet & Chorus: Holy, holy, holy is God the Lord
03:27
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
17.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus & Recitative: Go, return upon thy way!
01:25
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
18.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Aria: For the mountains shall depart
02:42
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
19.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: Then did Elijah the prophet break forth
02:57
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
20.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Aria: Then shall the righteous shine forth
02:37
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
21.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Recitative: Behold, God hath sent Elijah
01:12
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
22.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: But the Lord, from the North
03:41
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
23.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Quartet: O come everyone that thirsteth
03:36
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
24.
Elijah Op. 70, MWV A 25: Chorus: Then shall your light shine forth
03:38
(Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
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