Mendelssohn Choral Works


Felix Mendelssohn
Release Date: 07-07-2023
PTC: 5187064
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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)

Three Psalm Motets, Op. 78

4) No. 3, Psalm 22: Mein Gott, warum hast du mich verlassen, MWV B 51 8:03

Three Motets, Op. 69

13) No. 1, Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener in Frieden fahren, MWV B 60 5:05
Total Tracks 16
Total Duration 01hr 27min

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The MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and its artistic director Philipp Ahmann present a collection of Felix Mendelssohn’s choral music, which arguably represents the pinnacle of German nineteenth-century religious music. Ranging across psalm settings, motets, Latin verses, the Deutsche Liturgie as well as the ethereal chorus Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen, which was later adapted and incorporated into his oratorio Elijah, the album highlights the unique stylistic range and expressive power of Mendelssohn’s choral output. A unique addition to the programme is the world premiere recording of Heilig, MWV 47. The music on this albumseamlessly integrates stylistic traits of Palestrina and Bach, remnants of Jewish cantor practices, as well as the Romanticism of Mendelssohn’s time. Generally considered one of the best choirs in the German-speaking world, the singers of the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir are proficient in this repertoire, written by a local musical giant whose music is deeply ingrained into the cultural soil of their city.

The MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and its aristic director Philipp Ahmann return to Pentatone with this a cappella album following their acclaimed recording of motets by Anton Bruckner and Michael Haydn (2021). The choir has also taken part in a Pentatone release of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (2017), as well as numerous opera recordings released by the label.

A San Francisco Classical Recording Company production in association with MDR Klassik