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MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Choral Music (St Albans Cathedral Choirs, Holder, Winpenny)

MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Choral Music (St Albans Cathedral Choirs, Holder, Winpenny)

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Winpenny, Tom


Tom Winpenny

Conductor

Tom Winpenny

Soloist

Laura Hicks

Soloist

Peter Holder

Soloist

St Albans Cathedral ChoirsSt Albans Abbey Girls Choir


St Albans Abbey Girls ChoirSt Albans Cathedral Choirs


St Albans Cathedral Choirs



Venue:

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 77:06
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MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Choral Music (St Albans Cathedral Choirs, Holder, Winpenny)

     
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FELIX MENDELSSOHN

     
 

6 Spruche, Op. 79

 
1 No. 1. Weinachten: Frohlocket, ihr Volker auf Erden, MWV B42 1:27
 Tom Winpenny Conductor
 Winpenny, Tom
2 No. 2. Am Neujahrstage: Herr Gott, du bist unsre Zuflucht fur und fur, MWV B44 2:29
 Tom Winpenny Conductor
 Winpenny, Tom
3 No. 3. Am Himmelfahrtstage: Erhaben, O Herr, uber alles Lob, MWV B55 1:34
 Tom Winpenny Conductor
 Winpenny, Tom
4 No. 4. In der Passionszeit: Herr, gedenke nicht unser Ubelthaten, MWV B50 1:21
 Tom Winpenny Conductor
 Winpenny, Tom
5 No. 5. Im Advent: Lasset uns frohlocken, MWV B54 1:35
 Tom Winpenny Conductor
 Winpenny, Tom
6 No. 6. Am Karfreitage: Um unsrer Sunden willen, MWV B52 1:38
 Tom Winpenny Conductor
 Winpenny, Tom
     
7 

Paulus (St. Paul), Op. 36, MWV A14 (Sung in English)

3:24
 Peter Holder Soloist
 Winpenny, Tom
     
8 

Hear my prayer, MWV B49

11:14
 Laura Hicks Soloist
 Winpenny, Tom
     
9 

3 Motets, Op. 39

4:05
 Tom Winpenny Soloist
 Winpenny, Tom
     
10 

Allegro, Chorale and Fugue in D major, MWV W33

8:20
 Tom Winpenny Soloist
     
 

3 Motets, Op. 69

 
11 No. 3. Magnificat, MWV B59 9:46
 Tom Winpenny Soloist
 Winpenny, Tom
12 No. 1. Nunc dimittis, MWV B60 4:49
 Tom Winpenny Soloist
 Winpenny, Tom
     
 

3 Motets, Op. 39

 
13 Surrexit pastor bonus 3:18
 Peter Holder Soloist
 Winpenny, Tom
14 Tulerunt Dominum meum 2:36
 Peter Holder Soloist
 Winpenny, Tom
15 Surrexit Christus spes mea 3:04
 Tom Winpenny Soloist
 Winpenny, Tom
     
16 

3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23

6:29
 Tom Winpenny Soloist
 Winpenny, Tom
17 Laudate pueri Dominum 3:35
 Peter Holder Soloist
 Winpenny, Tom
18 Beati omnes 2:18
 Peter Holder Soloist
 Winpenny, Tom
     
19 

3 Psalms, Op. 78

4:04
 Tom Winpenny Conductor
 Winpenny, Tom


Compared with large-scale oratorios such as St Paul, which includes the lyrical chorus How lovely are the messengers, Mendelssohn’s smaller sacred choral works were influenced by Palestrina, ranging from short liturgical motets such as the Sechs Sprüche to the canticle settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis. The famous sacred melody ‘O for the wings of a dove’ is to be found in Hear my prayer. The fine choristers of St Albans Cathedral can also be heard ‘on sparkling form’ (Gramophone) in John Rutter’s Gloria (8.572653).

 "... The recorded sound is well balanced, warm and natural."

Henry Fogel - Fanfare - March/April 2013


"...Performances, from start to finsih, are well done and enjoyable, with some exceptionally sweet-toned solo work from young Laura Hicks. The St Albans Abbey Girls Choir can stand toe-to-toe with all but the top handful of England’s boy-treble cathedral ensembles. Well-engineered sound and a serviceable booklet wrap up a worthwhile package."
 
Lindsay Koob - American Record Guide - January/February 2013
 

"On their showing here, St Albans Abbey Girls Choir can stand comparison with the best boys’ choirs, even if their sound is slightly different (if anything more human) ... The gain here is that we hear Mendelssohn’s impeccable, expressive part writing, which the lay clerks clearly relish. Throughout, great care has obviously been taken over words and phrasing. The purity and steadiness of the girls’ voices are in themselves utterly delightful."     **** 
 
Roger Nichols - BBC Music Magazine - October 2012

"...generally excellent performances that are well recorded and well presented. The best known item here—Hear my prayer—is given a very committed performance that can stand comparison with almost any. Here and throughout the disc a listener unaware of the performers would be likely simply to assume that this is a traditional cathedral choir of boys and men. The other vocal soloist is the tenor Philip Salmon who sings the unaccompanied start of the Ave Maria with formidable strength ... There is one item for solo organ, played by Tom Winpenny; Peter Holder accompanies elsewhere where necessary. The Allegro, Chorale and Fugue is a fine piece not published in the composer’s lifetime and rarely played in concerts. This clear and energetic performance brings out its best qualities and is one of the highlights of the disc. All in all this is a refreshing, enjoyable and well filled disc which can be commended to anyone who wants to explore the composer’s choral music further." 
 
John Sheppard - MusicWeb-International.com - December 2012

"The longest piece here, and the most famous, is Hear My Prayer. For many years impossible to dissociate from the recording by Ernest Lough, it’s sung with a touching naivety by Laura Hicks. The rest of the disc consists of music for both women’s and mixed voices…The Three Motets for female voices and organ, Op 39, are performed with a pleasing freshness ... More successful are the mixed-voice pieces, where the girls are complemented by the mature voices of the lay clerks. Best of all is the wonderful sonority of the eight-voice a cappella bookends, the Six Anthems and the setting of Psalm 43, Richte mich, Gott. And Winpenny’s organ solo is of a comparable splendour."
 
Richard Lawrence  - Gramophone magazine - October 2012
 
    



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