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Mendelssohn Choral Works

MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, Philipp Ahmann

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The Pinnacle of German Nineteenth-Century Religious Music

World Premiere Recording (Track 16)

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 program is the world premiere recording of Heilig, MWV 47. The music on this album seamlessly 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 artistic 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).

Tracklist

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1.
Psalm 100, Jauchzet dem Hern, alle Welt
04:21
2.
Psalm 2: Warum toben die Heiden
07:01
3.
Psalm 43, Richte mich, Gott
04:21
4.
Psalm 22, Mein Gott, warum hast du mich verlassen
08:02
5.
Beate mortui, op. 115, Nr. 1
03:09
6.
Periti autem, op. 115, Nr. 2
02:26
7.
Die Deutsche Liturgie, 3, Kyrie
01:19
8.
Die Deutsche Liturgie, 4, Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe
04:09
9.
Die Deutsche Liturgie, 10, Heilig
01:45
10.
Zum Abendsegen, Herr, sei gnadig
02:31
11.
Hebe deine Augen auf
01:57
12.
Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen uber dir
03:29
13.
Herr, nun lassest du deinen Diener in Frieden fahren
05:05
14.
Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt
05:40
15.
Mein Herz erhebet Gott, den Herrn
10:03
16.
Heilig (World Premiere Recording)
02:07

Total time: 01:07:25

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Release DateJuly 7, 2023

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