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Felix Mendelssohn - Choral Works - Magnificat & Gloria

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Published on Dec 1, 2012

Magnificat for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major

1.Magnificat
2.Quia respexit
3.Et misericordia
4.Fecit potentiam
5.Deposuit potentes
6.Gloria patri
7.Sicut erat

Gloria for soloists, chorus & orchestra in E flat major

8.Gloria
9.Laudamus te
10.Gratias agimus tibi
11.Domine Deus
12.Qui tollis peccata mundi
13.Quoniam tu solus sanctus

Of all the nearly forgotten music by Mendelssohn, the most nearly completely forgotten is his music for chorus. Only his songs come close to being as almost entirely ignored, but because a few of them have earned a place in the recital hall, even they have a more prominent place in the repertoire. Mendelssohn's complete choral works featuring the Chamber Choir of Europe under Nicol Matt addresses this problem even though it may not solve it. The performances are uniformly excellent. The Choir has a smooth tone and superb diction and Matt elicits from them polished balanced and ardent interpretations. Despite the dearth of comparisons, these performances with their clean textures, light tempos, and devout tone are surely as close to definitive as is possible to imagine. For some listeners, of course, this may not be enough to redeem Mendelssohn's heartfelt yet stolid music from obscurity. For others with more open minds, however, this set may serve to introduce a body of sacred works that certainly exceeds any other similar body of works from the same period in terms of skill and sincerity. Though a bit recessed, Brilliant's digital sound is cool and clear.

Lydia Allert Soprano (Vocal)
Amadeus-Chor Choir/Chorus
Anja Bittner Soprano (Vocal)
Manfred Bittner Bass (Vocal)
Chamber Choir of Europe Choir/Chorus
Alice Duskova Organ
Christof Fischesser Bass (Vocal)
Reinhard Geller Engineer, Producer
Heike Heilmann Soprano (Vocal)
Gerhard Hölzle Tenor (Vocal)
Nathalie Karl Soprano (Vocal)
Annemarie Kremer Soprano (Vocal)
Petra Labitzke Soprano (Vocal)
Alena Leja Soprano (Vocal)
Nicol Matt Conductor, Primary Artist
Birgit Meyer Alto (Vocals)
Eibe Möhlmann Alto (Vocals)
Róbert Morvai Tenor (Vocal)
Isabelle Müller-Kant Soprano (Vocal)
Gerhard Nennemann Tenor (Vocal)
Philip Niederberger Bass (Vocal)
Daniel Sans Tenor (Vocal)
Wilhelm Schwinghammer Bass (Vocal)
Raimonds Spogis Baritone (Vocal)
Birgit Wegemann Soprano (Vocal)
Barbara Werner Alto (Vocals)
Gabriele Wunderer Alto (Vocals)
Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen Orchestra

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