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MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Elias (Elijah) (Ziesak, Mahnke, Genz, Lukas, Leipzig MDR Symphony and Chorus, Markl)

Composer(s):Mendelssohn, Felix
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.572228-29
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Mendelssohn’s magnificent oratorio Elijah brings to life the tumultuous times and personal drama of the Biblical prophet in a sweeping series of recitatives, arias and choruses in which the composer’s Romantic genius drew deeply from the wellsprings of Bach and Handel. In this new recording, sung in German, Jun Märkl, one of the most notable conductors of his generation, leads an outstanding cast of soloists headed by Ralf Lukas, and Germany’s longest-standing radio symphony orchestra and its acclaimed choir.


Review By Asier Vallejo Ugarte,Scherzo,June 2011

He aquí dos nuevas referencias para este gran oratorio romantic, que parece estat viviendo en los últimos años un Nuevo renacimiento tras haber permanecido mucho tiempo un poco a la sombra de sus antecesores bachianos y haendelianos. La huella barroca es precisamente muy evdente en la version de Spering, más active, estilista, dinámica, incisiva y teatral en líneas generals que la de Märkl, dado que éste cae a veces en una cierta placidez expresiva, en debilidades dramáticas, en una solemnidad rígida y un tanto gris. Los numerous corales resultan también más claros y transparentes en la edición MDG (en el Aber der Herr sieht es nicht, por ejemplo) y el acompañamiento a los

Las dos versions están cantadas en alemán (el oratorio se estrenó en Birmingham en una traducción al ingles), pero solo la edición MDG viene con el libretto. A cambio, la de Naxos es más ecomómica. Lo uno por lo otro. Artísticamente, eso sí, la ventaja es clara pare Spering.


Review By Record Geijutsu,February 2011



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