Skip to content. Quick links. Mendelssohn's Elijah: Do you have a favourite version? Your 'hot spot' for all classical music subjects. Non-classical music subjects are to be posted in the Corner Pub.
Other than Handel's Messiah, at present, I own no Oratorios at all, however I have heard two small, local choral societies murder this piece 15 years apartso I thought I'd dip my toe in the murky waters So, my questions are, do you think this is a seminal recording, or an overhyped one?
And, either way, which more recent versions would you recommend for me to hear as a comparison, in the future? Many thanks as always, folks Re: Mendelssohn's Elijah: Do you have a favourite version? Richard Hickox attempted it for Chandos with a decent lineup of singers including Linda Finnie, Rosalind Plowright, and Willard White; but the sound is over-reverberant and creates a cavernous perspective.
Evident from the above is that almost without exception the castings for all of these recordings could have been ideal if not for other militating factors. Many years ago, I had the opportunity to lead a performance of the work with a community orchestra and chorus, and a decent ensemble of amateur vocal soloists. What became obvious during rehearsals was that between the many inspired arias and choruses lay many arid patches.
Call me a Philistine if you like, but we ended up making some judicious cuts in the score; and even at that, there was restlessness in the audience during the performance as the malady lingered on. But he began work on it as early as to an original text in German by Julius Schubring drawn from the Old Testament. The work remained unfinished untilwhen Mendelssohn received a commission for a large oratorio to be performed at the Birmingham Festival. It was for that performance that the work was completed and the libretto translated into English.
Current recordings are about equally divided between English and German performances, the new Bernius release falling into the latter category. If you were an ancient Israelite living during the reign of King Ahab, c.
The prohibition against worshipping stones, statues, and alien gods goes back to the very first of the Ten Commandments; and Say Goodbye To No One - The Impossible Dreamers - Say Goodbye To No One centuries thereafter, during the dynasties of the Israelite kings and the biblical Prophets, throughout the Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Flotzilla - Flotsam And Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver (CD, Album, Album) Roman eras, there have been ongoing battles for the minds, hearts, and souls of the Jewish people.
In these great clashes of religion and culture, Jehovah, God of the Israelites, had to prevail, even if it meant letting the blood of His own people to instill fear and guilt and bring them back into the fold. Like many another biblical account of retribution against those who have gone astray, the story of Elijah—one of the earliest in the line of Hebrew prophets—has its villain. In a nutshell, the tale is told of a terrible drought afflicting the people. The Baal worshippers resort to their debauchery and other unnatural rites in a vain attempt to call forth rain.
Following an afternoon of the naked gyrating and cutting themselves, Elijah has had enough. He challenges the priests of Baal to a contest against Jehovah. The God of Israel triumphs, 31. O Rest In The Lord - Mendelssohn* - Gwyneth Jones / Janet Baker / Nicolai Gedda / Dietrich Fisch rain comes, the followers of Baal, along with their many Israelite apostates, are destroyed, and Elijah ascends to heaven in a fiery chariot. For all others, this is a performance worthy of your attention.
The vocal soloists may not be quite of the caliber as those in the above-named recordings, but as was already stated, not even the best soloists can make a convincing case for this oratorio without a conductor and recording engineers who perceive its weaknesses and compensate for them.
In this, Bernius and the Carus recording largely succeed where others have failed. The chorus is brightly lit and to the fore, but not so forward as to overwhelm the soloists and orchestra, and with sufficient ambient air around them so as to provide ample dimensional perspective. The soloists, likewise, I Love You - Theophilus - By His Stripes You Are Healed captured with pinpoint clarity, but their voices seem to emerge from within the same plane as that of the chorus, instead of occupying a space separate and disconnected from the rest of the ensemble.
The Classical Stuttgart Philharmonic is a modern-instruments band that draws players from a number of leading German orchestras. Editorial integrity compels me to state that I was not able to audition this SACD release in its full surround-sound version. This is a strongly recommended addition to the Mendelssohn Elijah discography. It may be about the most nearly perfect performance of an imperfect and uneven work we are likely to get anytime soon again.
Jerry Dubbins. It is certainly not an "over-hyped" one, in my opinion. It was beautifully remastered by Michael Dutton and appeared on a now deleted Dutton 2-CD set . One of my favourite Elijahs, for sure with Sargent conducting. Sargent was at his best in this masterpiece. Roland Bader led the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, chorus and soloists. It might not have the orchestral precision of other recordings, but the bass singer leaves an incredible impression, as does, especially, the chorus.
Vox's recording quality and clarity of sound was first class. Elijah is my most-loved oratorio of all. Schmidt; A. Rost; C. Kallisch; D. I will say that as commercially recorded performances go, Robert Shaw's on Telarc is also a must-have. The choral work, as you would expect, is exemplary under his baton. How I wish, however, that VOX would reissue the one mentioned above. It could conveniently fit on a two-CD set. Lance G. Steinway came down and personally rubbed his name off the piano.
While On The Lookout - Kan Kick - On The Lookout / Live As It Gets / A Sight For Sore Eyes entire oratorio 31.
O Rest In The Lord - Mendelssohn* - Gwyneth Jones / Janet Baker / Nicolai Gedda / Dietrich Fisch genius by the composer throughout, there are certain segments that I find especially appealing, e.
Elijah which leads into No. He heareth not! Chorus onlythe latter one of the most poignant pieces of choral writing I've ever heard, along with No. Boy soprano, Simon Woolf, does an outstanding job in No.
There is much to admire in this recording, which I knew from the days of LPs. There is just a hint of tape saturation in some of the loudest passages, but never enough not to consider this recording, especially if one wants to hear it in English. Comissioned by the Birmingham Festival in England to write the oratorio, he had the German translated to English and it was in the English form the oratorio premiered.
The four soloists are all in top form. Fischer-Dieskau, as Elijah, presents his powerful and resonant voice with great feeling and expression throughout.
Recording quality and balances are excellent. There are no texts for this budget-priced set, though the diction of the soloists is impeccable. SaulChanukah wrote: Mendelssohn's Elijah is one of the greatest works ever composed. Cheers Istvan. Dubbins, nor would I concur with our dear Chalkster even if he had written the words.
I think the EMI set is a 31. O Rest In The Lord - Mendelssohn* - Gwyneth Jones / Janet Baker / Nicolai Gedda / Dietrich Fisch above many others.
I have the Philips recording mentioned as well with Sawallisch conducting but it didn't leave me with the same impression as the EMI set in question. It might not be your Domenica Bestiale - Various - Per Sempre Italia recording of the work The New Philharmonia forces are in top form and the choral work is exceptional.
Istvan wrote: I really loved listening to Nicolai Gedda in this extract but - by the law of Murphy - this version is no longer available. This set, too, looks like a winner though I haven't heard this one - yet.
I would like to have your opinion on it. I will find it in time Lance wrote: Chalkie, I don't know the Carus recording, but you have piqued my interest. I've never heard a more dynamic, less "pious" version. Meanwhile, there's Masur's Teldec recording with the Israel Philharmonic and Alastair Miles; I haven't heard it, but it's well spoken of, except for the live concert recorded sound. The one that got away: Leonard Bernstein was to have conducted and recorded "Elijah" in with the NY Phil but wasn't able to do it.
Masur, already designated as the Philharmonic's new music director, took over the concerts and according to the reviews, did well. It is well played, as one would expect with this conductor, but too soft-edged and lacking in tension for my taste. The tenor is rather feeble too - Gedda certainly shows him up! Who is online Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 17 guests.
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