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MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Choral Music (St Albans Cathedral Choirs, Holder, Winpenny)

Composer(s):Mendelssohn, Felix
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredInstrumental
Catalogue 8.572836
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


Compared with large-scale oratorios such as St Paul, which includes the lyrical chorus How lovely are the messengers, Mendelssohn’s smaller sacred choral works were influenced by Palestrina, ranging from short liturgical motets such as the Sechs Sprüche to the canticle settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis. The famous sacred melody ‘O for the wings of a dove’ is to be found in Hear my prayer. The fine choristers of St Albans Cathedral can also be heard ‘on sparkling form’ (Gramophone) in John Rutter’s Gloria (8.572653).


   



MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Choral Music (St Albans Cathedral Choirs, Holder, Winpenny)
Review By John Sheppard ,MusicWeb International,December 2012

…generally excellent performances that are well recorded and well presented.

The best known item here—Hear my prayer—is given a very committed performance that can stand comparison with almost any. Here and throughout the disc a listener unaware of the performers would be likely simply to assume that this is a traditional cathedral choir of boys and men.

The other vocal soloist is the tenor Philip Salmon who sings the unaccompanied start of the Ave Maria with formidable strength…

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