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CHAN 10363

Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Works

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2006

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2005

Artists:

Richard Marlow


Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge



Venue:

Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge



Producer:

Morten Winding



Engineer:

Simon Eadon



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Choir




Total Time - 72:21
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Mendelssohn Sacred Choral Works
This is the second in our series of choral recordings sung by the Trinity College Choir, conducted by Richard Marlow. These Mendelssohn Sacred Works include ‘Hear my prayer’ which features the famous ‘O for the Wings of
 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

(1809-1847)
Select Complete Single Disc for
   
  Sacred Choral Works  
   
 

Sechs Sprüche für das Kirchenjahr, Op. 79 (1843-46)

9:44  
  for eight-part choir  
1 I Weihnachten. Allegro moderato 1:29
2 II Am Neujahrstage. Andante 2:05
3 III Am Himmelfahrtstage. Allegro maestoso e moderato 1:29
4 IV In der Passionszeit. Adagio 1:33
  Rachel Bennet soprano  
  Clare Wilkinson contralto  
  Andrew Tortise tenor  
  Angus McCarey bass  
5 V Im Advent. Andante 1:28
6 VI Am Charfreitage. Sostenuto e grave 1:21
   
 

Hear my prayer (1844)

10:38  
  Hymn for soprano and choir  
  Rachel Bennett soprano  
  Mark Williams organ  
7 Hear my prayer, O God, incline thine ear! Andante - 5:40
8 O for the wings of a dove! Con un poco più di moto 4:59
   
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Beati mortui, Op. 115 No. 1 (1833)

2:54
  for four-part male choir a cappella  
  Paul Casey tenor  
  Andrew Tortise tenor  
  Christopher Adams bass  
  Angus McCarey bass  
  Andante sostenuto  
 

Die deutsche Liturgie (1846)

6:29  
  for double choir  
10 Kyrie eleison. Andante sostenuto 1:14
11 Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe. Andante con moto - Allegro - 3:42
  Eugenie Cheng soprano  
  Clare Wilkinson contralto  
  Paul Casey tenor  
  Angus McCarey bass  
12 Heilig. Con moto 1:25
   
13 

Ave Maria, Op. 23 No. 2 (1830)

6:40
  for solo voices and eight-part choir  
  Rachel Bennett soprano  
  Eugenie Cheng soprano  
  Catherine Arnold contralto  
  Clare Wilkinson contralto  
  Paul Casey tenor  
  Andrew Tortise tenor  
  Christopher Adams bass  
  Angus McCarey bass  
  Mark Williams organ  
  Andante - Con moto - Andante  
14 

Der hundertste Psalm 'Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt' (1842)

4:02
  for choir and solo voices  
  Helen Deeming soprano  
  Paula Downes soprano  
  Catherine Arnold contralto  
  Clare Wilkinson contralto  
  Paul Casey tenor  
  Andrew Tortise tenor  
  Christopher Adams bass  
  Angus McCarey bass  
  Andante con moto - Poco lento - Andante  
 

Laudate pueri, Op. 39 No. 2 (1830)

5:37  
  for female choir  
  Mark Williams organ  
15 I Chor. Allegro moderato assai 3:22
16 II Terzett. Adagio 2:15
  Rachel Bennett soprano  
  Eugenie Cheng soprano  
  Clare Wilkinson contralto  
17 

Magnificat ('My soul doth magnify the Lord'), Op. 69 No. 3 (1847)

8:37
  for choir and solo voices  
  Rachel Bennett soprano  
  Clare Wilkinson contralto  
  Andrew Tortise tenor  
  Christopher Adams bass  
  Allegro moderato (Magnificat) - Andante con moto -  
 

Drei Psalmen, Op. 78 (1843-44)

18:17  
18 1 Der zweite Psalm 'Warum toben die Heiden' 6:19
  for chior and solo voices  
  Rachel Bennett soprano  
  Eugenie Cheng soprano  
  Catherine Arnold contralto  
  Clare Wilkinson contralto  
  Alastair Brookshaw tenor  
  Andrew Tortise tenor  
  Christopher Adams bass  
  Angus McCarey bass  
  Moderato - Andante - Con moto -  
19 2 Der dreiundvierzigste Psalm 'Richte mich, Gott' 3:48
  for eight-part choir  
  Con moto - Andante - Allegro moderato  
20 3 Der zweidundzwanzigste Psalm 'Mein Gott, warum hast du mich verlassen?' 7:59
  for choir and solo voices  
  Helen Deeming soprano  
  Clare Wilkinson contralto  
  Paul Casey tenor  
  Andrew Tortise tenor  
  Christopher Adams bass  
  Angus McCarey bass  
  [ ] - Andante - Allegro - Andante con moto -  
This disc forms one of the few comprehensive collections of Mendelssohn’s choral music.

The choir of Trinity College, Cambridge received glowing reviews for their debut disc on Chandos, Durufle Choral Music CHAN 10357.

The works featured on this disc are exquisitely beautiful and many are rarely recorded or performed.

The mixed choir of Trinity College has been under the direction of Richard Marlow since its formation in 1982, since when it has become regarded as on of Britain’s foremost choral groups.

Nearly 160 years after his death, the position which Felix Mendelssohn holds as a crucial link between the classical style of Mozart and Beethoven and the high romantic style of Schumann and Brahms is unquestioningly secure, but he is still an imperfectly known composer whose reputation continues to rest on his orchestral output and on his oratorios Elijah and St Paul; his sacred choral works (excepting Elijah and St Paul) are very seldom heard. Mendelssohn devoted much of his energy and talent to music for liturgical use, and it forms a substantial proportion of his output. This is the second recording by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge for Chandos, which follows the success of the complete choral works by Duruflé (CHAN 10357).

Mendelssohn was in the forefront of the nineteenth-century revival of the music of J.S. Bach and his choral music owes a powerful debt to Bach’s influence. Hear my prayer, the most well known of Mendelssohn’s sacred pieces, is recorded here with several of his less well-known – but no less enjoyable – sacred works, including the Three Psalms, Op. 78. These are among the most ambitious of Mendelssohn’s a cappella works. Die deutsche Liturgie, for double chorus a cappella, is a late work intended for church use, and an extremely attractive piece making economical use of the possibility of antiphony between the choirs. The Ave Maria for eight-part choir and organ is an early work, which was published in 1830 as the second of the three motets that make up his Op. 23. Another cycle, published in 1844, was the set of Six Motets, Op. 79. Each chorus is associated with a particular church festival – Christmas, New Year’s Day, Ascension, Easter, Advent, Good Friday. Mendelssohn’s unaccompanied choral writing is here at its most fluid, moving easily between mastery of intertwining polyphonic lines and hymnic homophony, often within the one piece. The opening Christmas chorus is especially charming, and the Advent motet, with its resourceful canonic writing and range of vocal textures, is perhaps the high point of the set from a compositional point of view. In fact, all this music has considerable beauty and instantly captivates the listener.

Trinity College has a long and distinguished choral tradition and in this release offers an exquisite performance of sacred works by Mendelssohn, re-introducing many unknown works to the recorded choral catalogue.

Of the two new releases, even if it does not always inhabit the music fully, Trinity is ultimately a more satisfactory recording experience. The solo sections are an object lesson in unanimity of purpose, from which many a weightier voice could learn, and the clean, fresh response to text is winning.
BBC Music Magazine

The performances are robust yet sensitive, A world away from that slightly wishy-washy quality which so many choirs seem to find in Mendelssohn’s small-scale sacred pieces, and the recorded sound is sumptuous. This is a triumph for Marlow and his Trinity college choir, for Chandos, and above all, for Mendelssohn’s reputation as an inventive and deeply rewarding composer of sacred choral pieces.
International Record Review




*****
D Gross

*****
J Maas