Mendelssohn's Choral Legacy

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Marble Bust of Felix Mendelssohn by Ernst Friederich August Rietschel; 1848

After a summer hiatus, The Choral Mix returns with some of Felix Mendelssohn’s finest choral music. Host Kent Tritle explores the influence of J.S. Bach on Mendelssohn and compares how the two dealt with setting the Magnificat. The show also includes selections from the oratorios Paulus and Elijah, the well-known anthem “Hear My Prayer,” and a Christmas favorite borrowed from a Mendelssohn cantata.

Mendelssohn was a shooting star. Born into a wealthy German family in 1809, Mendelssohn was a child prodigy who was writing music by age 12. He excelled as a pianist, conductor and composer but died when he was just 38. In that brief lifetime, Mendelssohn was able to write more than 150 works, ranging from piano miniatures to symphonies.

Playlist:

Mendelssohn, Felix:

Saint Paul, Op. 36:

- “Siehe! Wir preisen selig” (Chorus)

- “Nicht aber ihm allein” (Chorus)

Frieder Bernius, Conductor

Kammerchor Stuttgart
German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen

Carus-Verlag 83.214

 

Mendelssohn, Felix:

Hear my prayer, Hymn for soprano and choir

Mark Williams, Organ; Rachel Bennett, Soprano
Richard Marlow, Conductor
Cambridge Trinity College Choir

Chandos 10363

 

Johann Sebastian Bach:

Magnificat in D major, BWV 243

Yale Schola Cantorum; Simon Carrington, Director

Yale Collegium Players; Robert Mealy, Director

Naxos 8.572161

 

Mendelssohn, Felix:
Magnificat in D major

Yale Schola Cantorum; Simon Carrington, Director

Yale Collegium Players; Robert Mealy, Director

Naxos 8.572161

 

Mendelssohn, Felix:

Psalms (3), Op. 78: no 1, Psalm 2 “Warum toben die Heiden”

Philippe Herreweghe, Conductor
Ghent Collegium Vocale,  La Chapelle Royale Paris

Harmonia Mundi 1951142

 

Mendelssohn, Felix:

Motets (3), Op. 69: no 1 “Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener in frieden fahren”

Philippe Herreweghe, Conductor
Ghent Collegium Vocale,  La Chapelle Royale Paris

Harmonia Mundi 1951142

 

Mendelssohn, Felix:

Elijah, Op. 70

- “And then shall your light break forth” (Chorus)

- “He, watching over Israel” (Chorus)

- “Thanks be to God!” (Chorus)

Robert Shaw, Conductor
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Telarc 80389

 

Mendelssohn, Felix:

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Eugene Ormandy, Conductor
Philadelphia Orchestra & Chorus

RCA 112071