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Edward Gardner|Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol. 3

Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol. 3

CBSO & Chorus - Edward Gardner

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The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Mendelssohn in Birmingham series, with a drawing of the city's Town Hall by Mendelssohn himself on the cover, rests conceptually on the multiple visits Mendelssohn made to the city, not on actual compositional activity there. Nevertheless, the performances have carried a certain flavor of tradition. The Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 ("Hymn of Praise"), is probably the least often performed of Mendelssohn's five. Loosely modeled on Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, with its three instrumental movements plus choral finale, it has never seemed fully coherent. But Mendelssohn was arguably the first to realize the magnitude of what Beethoven had done, and the work deserves the more frequent performances it has been receiving. The strength of this one lies in the soloists: sisters Sophie Bevan and Mary Bevan make a fetching pair indeed (sample track 11, "I waited for the Lord"). Other attractions include the English-language text, probably rarer than the German version; clear, distinctive sonics from Chandos; and the presence of a genuinely underrated Mendelssohn orchestral work, Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 27 (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage), with its opening image of the ocean's rest nicely realized. For the orchestral and choral sections of the symphony, particularly the collection of chorales and fugues, the results will be a matter of taste; this is decidedly low-energy Mendelssohn. But there are novel aspects of this recording that will recommend it to most listeners.
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Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 27, MWV P 5 (Felix Mendelssohn)

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Meeresstille (Calm Sea)
Edward Gardner
00:04:06

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

2
Glückliche Fahrt (Prosperous Voyage)
Edward Gardner
00:07:53

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 52, MWV A 18 "Lobgesang" (Felix Mendelssohn)

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I. Sinfonia: Maestoso con moto - Allegro - Maestoso con moto come I -
Edward Gardner
00:10:26

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

4
I. Allegretto un poco agitato
Edward Gardner
00:05:58

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

5
I. Adagio religioso
Edward Gardner
00:06:37

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

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II. All men, all things, all that has life and breath (Chorus)
Edward Gardner
00:04:35

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

7
II. Praise thou the Lord, O my spirit (Soprano, Chorus)
Sophie Bevan
00:02:00

Sophie Bevan, Soprano - City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

8
III. Recitative: Sing ye praise, all ye redeemed of the Lord (Tenor)
Benjamin Hulett
00:00:51

Benjamin Hulett, Tenor - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

9
III. He counteth all your sorrows in the time of need (Tenor)
Benjamin Hulett
00:01:57

Benjamin Hulett, Tenor - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

10
IV. All ye that cried unto the Lord in distress and deep affliction (Chorus)
Edward Gardner
00:02:04

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

11
V. I waited for the Lord, He inclined unto me (2 Sopranos, Chorus)
Mary Bevan
00:04:50

Mary Bevan, Soprano - Sophie Bevan, Soprano - City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

12
VI. The sorrows of death had closed all around me (Tenor)
Benjamin Hulett
00:01:43

Benjamin Hulett, Tenor - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

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VI. We called thro' the dardness (Tenor) - The night is departing! (Soprano)
Edward Gardner
00:02:39

Benjamin Hulett, Tenor - Sophie Bevan, Soprano - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

14
VII. The night is departing (Chorus)
Edward Gardner
00:04:12

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

15
VIII. Chorale : Let all men praise the Lord (Chorus)
Edward Gardner
00:01:15

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

16
VIII. Chorale : Glory and praise to God (Chorus)
Edward Gardner
00:02:28

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

17
IX. My song shall be alway Thy mercy (Soprano, Tenor)
Edward Gardner
00:03:58

Sophie Bevan, Soprano - Benjamin Hulett, Tenor - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

18
X. Ye nations, offer to the Lord glory and might ! (Chorus)
Edward Gardner
00:01:53

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

19
X. O give thanks to the Lord (Chorus)
Edward Gardner
00:03:29

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Bible, Lyricist - Alfred Novello, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

Album Description

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Mendelssohn in Birmingham series, with a drawing of the city's Town Hall by Mendelssohn himself on the cover, rests conceptually on the multiple visits Mendelssohn made to the city, not on actual compositional activity there. Nevertheless, the performances have carried a certain flavor of tradition. The Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 ("Hymn of Praise"), is probably the least often performed of Mendelssohn's five. Loosely modeled on Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, with its three instrumental movements plus choral finale, it has never seemed fully coherent. But Mendelssohn was arguably the first to realize the magnitude of what Beethoven had done, and the work deserves the more frequent performances it has been receiving. The strength of this one lies in the soloists: sisters Sophie Bevan and Mary Bevan make a fetching pair indeed (sample track 11, "I waited for the Lord"). Other attractions include the English-language text, probably rarer than the German version; clear, distinctive sonics from Chandos; and the presence of a genuinely underrated Mendelssohn orchestral work, Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 27 (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage), with its opening image of the ocean's rest nicely realized. For the orchestral and choral sections of the symphony, particularly the collection of chorales and fugues, the results will be a matter of taste; this is decidedly low-energy Mendelssohn. But there are novel aspects of this recording that will recommend it to most listeners.
© TiVo

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