Mendelssohn's Elijah

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic, together with the New York Choral Artists, in a performance of Mendelssohn's grand oratorio Elijah as part of a tribute to Dimitri Mitropoulos, the orchestra's music director from 1949 to 1958, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death. Mitropoulos conducted the work with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall in April 1952.

The performance features an array of guest soloists including bass-baritone Gerald Finley in the title role; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote; tenor Allan Clayton (Philharmonic debut); soprano Twyla Robinson, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson (Philharmonic debut) and boy sopranos Noah Sadik and Benjamin P. Wenzelberg, both from The Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus. Mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz will step out of the chorus to perform the role of second alto. The New York Choral Artists are led by director Joseph Flummerfelt.

Comments [2]

Dory Green from Queens, New York

I've been a choral singer for over 35 years, and Elijah has always been my favorite work. I happened to tune in to the last half hour tonight on my drive back from Thanksgiving dinner, and had to pull over when I got home to hear some more and then run to my apartment to get out my score and listen to the final portions (and sing along). Splendid, simply splendid. I sang under Flummerfelt about 23 years ago at the Berkshire Choral Festival and see he has lost none of his fire.

Nov. 25 2010 11:30 PM
Joy and Family from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Absolutely gorgeous, passionate performance!
We have in our possession, that wondrous old recording with Dietrich Fischer-Diskau (sp.?) and Dame Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda and Gwenyth Jones. In short: we have the best. Now on CD.
I grew up with this recording.
So... when I heard the familiar strains of the beginning tonight, I said: Hmmm.. some pretty big shoes have to be filled, here...
This performance has great fire and great feeling, and is heartfelt.
Thank you: another reason for us to give thanks to GOD this day!

Nov. 25 2010 10:02 PM

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