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Mendelssohn: Elijah

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 48Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Paul McCreesh


Simon Keenlyside

baritone

Sarah Connolly

mezzo-soprano

William Whitehead

organ

Rosemary Joshua

soprano

Robert Murray

tenor

Chethams Chamber Choir


Gabrieli Consort


North East Youth Chorale


Taplow Youth Choir


Ulster Youth Chamber Choir


Gabrieli Players



Producer:

Nicholas Parker



Engineer:

Chris Roberts



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 132:46
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FELIX MENDELSSOHN

 

Elijah

 
1 Introduction 1:05
  As God the Lord of Israel liveth  
2 Overture 3:35
3 Help, Lord! 2:14
  Chorus  
4 Lord, bow Thine ear to our prayer! 2:14
  Duet with Chorus  
5 Ye people, rend your hearts 0:54
  Recitative  
6 If with all your hearts 2:33
  Aria  
7 Yet doth the Lord see it not 4:14
  Chorus  
8 Elijah! Get thee hence, Elijah 0:56
  Recitative  
9 For He shall give His angels 2:36
  Double Quartet  
10 Now Cherith's brook is dried up 1:17
  Recitative  
11 What have I to do with thee 6:08
  Duet  
12 Blessed are the men who fear Him 3:51
  Chorus  
13 As God the Lord of Sabaoth liveth 4:18
  Recitative & Chorus  
14 Baal, we cry to thee 3:34
  Chorus  
15 Call him louder, for he is a god! 1:07
  Recitative & Chorus  
16 Call him louder! He heareth not 2:23
  Recitative & Chorus  
17 Lord God of Abraham 3:05
  Aria  
18 Cast thy burden upon the Lord 2:05
  Quartet  
19 O Thou, who makest 3:04
  Recitative & Chorus  
20 Is not His word like a fire 2:04
  Aria  
21 Woe unto them that forsake Him! 2:38
  Aria  
22 O man of God, help thy people! 5:33
  Recitative & Chorus  
23 Thanks be to God! 4:04
  Chorus  
24 Hear ye, Israel 5:23
  Aria  
25 Be not afraid, saith God the Lord 4:09
  Chorus  
26 The Lord hath exalted thee 3:34
  Recitative & Chorus  
27 Woe to him, he shall perish 1:40
  Chorus  
28 Man of God 2:19
  Recitative  
29 It is enough! 5:09
  Aria  
30 See, now he sleepeth 0:47
  Recitative  
31 Lift thine eyes to the mountains 1:48
  Trio  
32 He, watching over Israel 3:21
  Chorus  
33 Arise, Elijah 2:15
  Recitative  
34 Oh rest in the Lord 3:18
  Aria  
35 He that shall endure to the end 2:25
  Chorus  
36 Nigh falleth round me, O Lord! 1:44
  Recitative  
37 Behold, God the Lord passed by 3:41
  Chorus  
38 Above him stodd the Seraphim 0:26
  Recitative  
39 Holy, holy, holy is God the Lord 3:27
  Quartet & Chorus  
40 Go, return upon thy way! 1:25
  Chorus & Recitative  
41 For the mountains shall depart 2:42
  Aria  
42 Then did Elijah the prophet break forth 2:57
  Chorus  
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth 2:37
  Aria  
44 Behold, God hath sent Elijah 1:12
  Recitative  
45 But the Lord, from the North 3:41
  Chorus  
46 O come everyone that thirsteth 3:36
  Quartet  
47 Then shall your light shine forth 3:38
  Chorus  
   

Signum SIG 300

Mendelssohn: Elijah (1846) Jonty Ward, Robert Murray, Rosemary Joshua, Sarah Connolly, Simon Keenlyside, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh

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 (SIG 280) and their recent New Venetian Coronation (SIG 287).

‘…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.



 "...This is clearly the right choice, and clearly the Elijah of choice. Want List material."

Peter J Rabinowitz - Fanfare - March/April 2013


                  Most Memorable Albums of the Year

 
"... The Gabrieli Consort revisited San Marco with a new version of A Venetian Coronation and delivered a spine-chilling rendition of Mendelssohn’s Elijah." 
 
Anna Picard - The Independent on Sunday - December 2012
 

                 Music **** (Very Good)            Sound ***** (Very Good)

 
Marcus Stäbler - Fono Forum magazine - January 2013
 

"...Congratulations are in order to all those involved in this splendidly sung and recorded release of Mendelssohn’s Elijah on Signum. Paul McCreesh does sterling work in controlling his large choral and orchestral forces that number well over 400. I have no better recording of Elijah and this will certainly be a set that I will reach for again and again."
 
Michael Cookson - MusicWeb-International.com - 16 November 2012


                 Gramophone Choice
"...this is a triumph."

Richard Lawrence - Gramophone magazine – November 2012

 


                   ***** - Highly Recommended

"...this is a reading to make one hear Mendelssohn’s masterpiece anew: the vast orchestral and choral forces employed are surprisingly subtle and flexible, while the quartet of British soloists, led by keenlyside’s towering impersonation of the title role, could not be bettered... Not to be missed."

Philip Reed - Choir & Organ magazine - November/December 2012


"The musical milieu is still Victorian but, rather like the cleaned-up Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, it gleams anew and radiates light. ... a definite first choice."
The Telegraph


"...this release is an absolutely tremendous achievement ... Go out, buy it, set an evening aside and prepare to be uplifted with the prophet. You’ll feel that you’re in his fiery chariot."

David Hansell - Early Music Review - October 2012




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