Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Works

Composer Felix Mendelssohn
Artist Chamber Choir of Europe
Nicol Matt conductor
Format 8 CD, CD-ROM
Cat. number 94263
EAN code 5028421942636
Release October 2011

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Mendelssohn’s reputation has suffered over the past century from the madness of the Nazis who banned his music, destroyed statues of him, to the rantings of Richard Wagner in his horrible little tract ‘Judaism in Music’. The fact that he was probably one of the most gifted child prodigies of all time has also tended to obscure the fact that his later works are just as remarkable as those of his youth.

A Jew who converted to Protestantism, Mendelssohn was a prolific composer of sacred music and he made important studies of J.S Bach – in fact he was instrumental in the resurgence of interest in Bach’s great oratorios in the 1820s and 30s. Bach’s influence upon Mendelssohn’s own sacred music is unmistakable, however composers such as Handel, Haydn and Mozart all played a part in creating his choral style. Schumann commented on one of the works on this collection (Prayer – Verlieh uns Frieden), ‘ This little piece deserves to be world famous, and will indeed be so in the future. Madonnas by Raphael and Murillo cannot remain hidden for long’

This 8 CD collection contains many more such gems, and offers the listener an opportunity to discover more about the composer of Fingals Cave, the Violin Concerto, and the Italian Symphony. Mendelssohn’s genius is apparent in every one of the works to be found in this set.

Other information:
- Comprehensive booklet notes and texts
- Superb value
- Recordings made in 2002

Track list

Disk 1

  1. The 5 Psalm Cantatas, Psalm 42 ‘Wie der Hirsch schreit’, Op. 42: I. Coro
  2. The 5 Psalm Cantatas, Psalm 42 ‘Wie der Hirsch schreit’, Op. 42: II. Aria
  3. The 5 Psalm Cantatas, Psalm 42 ‘Wie der Hirsch schreit’, Op. 42: III. Recitativo/Aria
  4. The 5 Psalm Cantatas, Psalm 42 ‘Wie der Hirsch schreit’, Op. 42: IV. Coro
  5. The 5 Psalm Cantatas, Psalm 42 ‘Wie der Hirsch schreit’, Op. 42: V. Recitativo
  6. The 5 Psalm Cantatas, Psalm 42 ‘Wie der Hirsch schreit’, Op. 42: VI. Quintetto
  7. The 5 Psalm Cantatas, Psalm 42 ‘Wie der Hirsch schreit’, Op. 42: VII. Schlusschor
  8. Psalm 95 ‘Kommt, laßt uns anbeten’, Op. 46: I. Coro
  9. Psalm 95 ‘Kommt, laßt uns anbeten’, Op. 46: II. Coro
  10. Psalm 95 ‘Kommt, laßt uns anbeten’, Op. 46: III. Duetto
  11. Psalm 95 ‘Kommt, laßt uns anbeten’, Op. 46: IV. Coro
  12. Psalm 95 ‘Kommt, laßt uns anbeten’, Op. 46: V. Coro
  13. Psalm 98 ‘Singet dem Herrn’, Op. 91: I. Allegro
  14. Psalm 98 ‘Singet dem Herrn’, Op. 91: II. Andante lento
  15. Psalm 98 ‘Singet dem Herrn’, Op. 91: III. Andante con moto
  16. Psalm 98 ‘Singet dem Herrn’, Op. 91: IV. Allegro
  17. Psalm 114 ‘Da Israel aus Ägypten zog’, Op. 51: I. Allegro con moto maestoso
  18. Psalm 114 ‘Da Israel aus Ägypten zog’, Op. 51: II. Allegro moderato
  19. Psalm 114 ‘Da Israel aus Ägypten zog’, Op. 51: III. Grave
  20. Psalm 114 ‘Da Israel aus Ägypten zog’, Op. 51: IV. Con moto
  21. Psalm 115 ‘Non nobis Domine’, Op. 31: I. Chor
  22. Psalm 115 ‘Non nobis Domine’, Op. 31: II. Duett mit Chor
  23. Psalm 115 ‘Non nobis Domine’, Op. 31: III. Arioso
  24. Psalm 115 ‘Non nobis Domine’, Op. 31: IV. Chor

Disk 2

  1. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Chorale Cantata No. 1: ‘Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein’: I. Coro
  2. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Chorale Cantata No. 1: ‘Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein’: II. Recitativo
  3. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Chorale Cantata No. 1: ‘Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein’: III. Aria
  4. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Chorale Cantata No. 1: ‘Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein’: IV. Chorale
  5. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 2: ‘Christe, du Lamm Gottes’
  6. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 3: ‘Jesu, meine Freude’
  7. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 4: ‘O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden’: I. O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
  8. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 4: ‘O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden’: II. Du, dessen Todeswunden
  9. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 4: ‘O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden’: III. Ich will hier bei dir stehen
  10. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 5: ‘Verleih uns Frieden’
  11. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 6: ‘Vom Himmel hoch’: I. Coro
  12. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 6: ‘Vom Himmel hoch’: II. Aria
  13. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 6: ‘Vom Himmel hoch’: III. Chorale
  14. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 6: ‘Vom Himmel hoch’: IV. Aria
  15. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 6: ‘Vom Himmel hoch’: V. Arioso
  16. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 6: ‘Vom Himmel hoch’: VI. Schlusschor
  17. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 7: ‘Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten’: I. Chorale
  18. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 7: ‘Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten’: II. Chorale
  19. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 7: ‘Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten’: III. Aria
  20. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 7: ‘Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten’: IV. Chorale
  21. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 8: ‘Wir glauben all an einen Gott’: I. Wir glauben all an einen Gott
  22. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 8: ‘Wir glauben all an einen Gott’: II. Wir glauben auch an Jesum Christ
  23. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 8: ‘Wir glauben all an einen Gott’: III. Wir glauben an den Heilgen Geist
  24. The 8 Chorale Cantatas, Cantata No. 8: ‘Wir glauben all an einen Gott’: IV. Herr Gott, dich loben wir

Disk 3

  1. Hymn, 3 Sacred Songs and Fugue, Op. 96: Hymn: ‘Laß, o Herr, mich Hilfe finden’
  2. Hymn, 3 Sacred Songs and Fugue, Op. 96: Chorale: ‘Deines Kind’s Gebet erhöre’
  3. Hymn, 3 Sacred Songs and Fugue, Op. 96: Herr, wir trau’n auf deine Güte
  4. Hymn, 3 Sacred Songs and Fugue, Op. 96: Fuga: ‘Laßt sein heilig Lob uns singen’
  5. Hymn, 3 Sacred Songs and Fugue, Op. 96: Hymn: ‘Hör mein Bitten’
  6. Kyrie in D Minor
  7. Lauda Sion, Op. 73: I. Coro
  8. Lauda Sion, Op. 73: II. Coro
  9. Lauda Sion, Op. 73: III. Soprano solo e Coro
  10. Lauda Sion, Op. 73: IV. Quartetto
  11. Lauda Sion, Op. 73: V. Coro
  12. Lauda Sion, Op. 73: VI. Coro
  13. Lauda Sion, Op. 73: VII. Soprano Solo
  14. Lauda Sion, Op. 73: VIII. Soli e Coro
  15. Lauda Sion, Op. 73: IX. Ecce panis
  16. Tu es Petrus, Op. 111

Disk 4

  1. Magnificat: I. Magnificat
  2. Magnificat: II. Quia respexit
  3. Magnificat: III. Et misericordia
  4. Magnificat: IV. Fecit potentiam
  5. Magnificat: V. Deposuit potentes
  6. Magnificat: VI. Gloria patri
  7. Magnificat: VII. Sicut erat
  8. Gloria (1822): I. Gloria
  9. Gloria (1822): II. Laudamus te
  10. Gloria (1822): III. Gratias agimus tibi
  11. Gloria (1822): IV. Domine Deus
  12. Gloria (1822): V. Qui tollis peccata mundi
  13. Gloria (1822): VI. Quoniam tu solus Sanctus
  14. 6 Anthems, Op. 79 for 8-part choir: Advent: ‘Lasset uns frohlocken’
  15. 6 Anthems, Op. 79 for 8-part choir: Weihnachten: ‘Frohlocket, ihr Völker’
  16. 6 Anthems, Op. 79 for 8-part choir: Neujahr: ‘Herr Gott, du bist unsere Zuflucht’
  17. 6 Anthems, Op. 79 for 8-part choir: Passionszeit: ‘Herr, gedenke nicht’
  18. 6 Anthems, Op. 79 for 8-part choir: Karfreitag: ‘Um unserer Sünden Willen’
  19. 6 Anthems, Op. 79 for 8-part choir: Himmelfahrt: ‘Erhaben, o Herr’

Disk 5

  1. Hora est, for four 4-part mixed choirs and organ (1828)
  2. Te Deum à 4, for 4-part mixed choir, soloists and organ
  3. Ave Maria, Op. 23, for 8-part mixed choir and 8 soloists
  4. Te Deum à 8 for soloists, two 4-part mixed choirs and organ: Te Deum laudamus
  5. Te Deum à 8 for soloists, two 4-part mixed choirs and organ: Te aeternum patrem
  6. Te Deum à 8 for soloists, two 4-part mixed choirs and organ: Tibi omnes angeli
  7. Te Deum à 8 for soloists, two 4-part mixed choirs and organ: Tibi cherubim
  8. Te Deum à 8 for soloists, two 4-part mixed choirs and organ: Te gloriosus
  9. Te Deum à 8 for soloists, two 4-part mixed choirs and organ: Patrem immensae
  10. Te Deum à 8 for soloists, two 4-part mixed choirs and organ: Tu rex gloriae
  11. Te Deum à 8 for soloists, two 4-part mixed choirs and organ: Te ergo quaesumus
  12. Te Deum à 8 for soloists, two 4-part mixed choirs and organ: Salvum fac populum
  13. Te Deum à 8 for soloists, two 4-part mixed choirs and organ: Per singulos
  14. Te Deum à 8 for soloists, two 4-part mixed choirs and organ: Dignare
  15. Te Deum à 8 for soloists, two 4-part mixed choirs and organ: Fiat misericordia
  16. The German Liturgy for soloists and two 4-part choirs: Kyrie in A
  17. The German Liturgy for soloists and two 4-part choirs: Gloria ‘Ehre sei Gott’
  18. The German Liturgy for soloists and two 4-part choirs: Sanctus ‘Heilig, heilig, heilig’

Disk 6

  1. 3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23, Aus tiefer Not: I. Choral
  2. 3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23, Aus tiefer Not: II. Fuge
  3. 3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23, Aus tiefer Not: III. Arie
  4. 3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23, Aus tiefer Not: IV. Choral
  5. 3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23, Aus tiefer Not: V. Choral
  6. 3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23, Aus tiefer Not: VI. Choral
  7. 3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23: Mitten wir im Leben sind
  8. 3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23, Jesus, meine Zuversicht: I. Choral
  9. 3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23, Jesus, meine Zuversicht: II. Soli
  10. 3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23, Jesus, meine Zuversicht: III. Choral
  11. 3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23, Jesus, meine Zuversicht: IV. Aria
  12. 3 Kirchenmusiken, Op. 23, Jesus, meine Zuversicht: V. Fuga
  13. 3 Motets, Op. 69: ‘Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener’
  14. 3 Motets, Op. 69: ‘Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt’ (Psalm 100)
  15. 3 Motets, Op. 69: ‘Mein Herz erhebet Gott’ (Magnificat)
  16. 3 Psalms, Op. 78: ‘Warum toben die Heiden’ (Psalm 2)
  17. 3 Psalms, Op. 78: ‘Richte mich Gott’ (Psalm 43, first version)
  18. 3 Psalms, Op. 78: ‘Mein Gott, warum hast du mich verlassen’ (Psalm 22)

Disk 7

  1. Choralharmonisierungen for 4-part mixed choir: I. ‘Vom Himmel hoch’
  2. Choralharmonisierungen for 4-part mixed choir: II. Das deutsche Gloria
  3. Choralharmonisierungen for 4-part mixed choir: III. ‘Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern’
  4. Kyrie in C (1823) for soloists and two four-part mixed choirs: Kyrie eleison
  5. Kyrie in C (1823) for soloists and two four-part mixed choirs: Christe eleison
  6. Kyrie in C (1823) for soloists and two four-part mixed choirs: Kyrie eleison
  7. Jube Domine (1822) for soloists and two 4-part mixed choirs
  8. Cantique pour l’Église Wallone for 4-part mixed choir
  9. 2 English Psalms (Tate) for 4-part mixed choir: Psalm 5
  10. 2 English Psalms (Tate) for 4-part mixed choir: Psalm 31
  11. 7 Psalms (Lobwasser) for 4-part mixed choir: Psalm 2
  12. 7 Psalms (Lobwasser) for 4-part mixed choir: Psalm 24
  13. 7 Psalms (Lobwasser) for 4-part mixed choir: Psalm 31
  14. 7 Psalms (Lobwasser) for 4-part mixed choir: Psalm 91
  15. 7 Psalms (Lobwasser) for 4-part mixed choir: Psalm 93
  16. 7 Psalms (Lobwasser) for 4-part mixed choir: Psalm 98
  17. 7 Psalms (Lobwasser) for 4-part mixed choir: Psalm 100
  18. 13 Psalm Motets: No. 1: Ich weiche nicht von deinen Rechten
  19. 13 Psalm Motets: No. 2: Deine Rede präg ich meinem Herzen ein
  20. 13 Psalm Motets: No. 3: Ich will den Herrn nach seiner Gerechtigkeit preisen
  21. 13 Psalm Motets: No. 4: Tag für Tag sei Gott gepriesen
  22. 13 Psalm Motets: No. 5: Gott, du bist unsere Zuversicht
  23. 13 Psalm Motets: No. 6: Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes (1st version)
  24. 13 Psalm Motets: No. 8: Ein Tag sagt es dem andern
  25. 13 Psalm Motets: No. 9: Er hat der Sonne eine Hütte gemacht (1st version)
  26. 13 Psalm Motets: No. 11: Das Gesetz des Herrn ist ohne Wandel
  27. 13 Psalm Motets: No. 12: Jauchzet Gott, alle Lande
  28. 13 Psalm Motets: No. 13: Gelobet sei Gott

Disk 8

  1. 3 Motets, Op. 39 for women’s choir and organ: Veni Domine, for 3-part women’s choir and organ
  2. 3 Motets, Op. 39 for women’s choir and organ: Laudate pueri, for soloists, 3-part women’s choir and organ: I. Coro
  3. 3 Motets, Op. 39 for women’s choir and organ: Laudate pueri, for soloists, 3-part women’s choir and organ: II. Terzetto
  4. Surrexit pastor bonus for soloists, 4-part women’s choir and organ: I. Chorus
  5. Surrexit pastor bonus for soloists, 4-part women’s choir and organ: II. Duetto
  6. Surrexit pastor bonus for soloists, 4-part women’s choir and organ: III. Solo und Chorus
  7. Hebe deine Augen auf (from Elias), for 3-part women’s choir
  8. 3 Motets, Op. 39 for women’s choir and organ: O beata et benedicta, for 3-part women’s choir and organ
  9. Vespergesang ‘Adspice domine/ Schaue herab’, Op. 121, for soloists, men’s choir, cello and double bass: I. Allegro moderato
  10. Vespergesang ‘Adspice domine/ Schaue herab’, Op. 121, for soloists, men’s choir, cello and double bass: II. & III. Adagio/Con moto
  11. Vespergesang ‘Adspice domine/ Schaue herab’, Op. 121, for soloists, men’s choir, cello and double bass: IV. Adagio
  12. Vespergesang ‘Adspice domine/ Schaue herab’, Op. 121, for soloists, men’s choir, cello and double bass: V. Andante
  13. Zwei geistliche Männerchöre, Op. 115, for 4 voices: I. Beati mortui/Selig sind die Toten
  14. Zwei geistliche Männerchöre, Op. 115, for 4 voices: II. Periti autem/es strahlen hell die Gerechten
  15. Trauergesang, Op. 116, for 4-part choir (autograph version)
  16. Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt, for 8-part choir
  17. Denn er hat seinen Engeln, for 8-part choir
  18. Zum Abendsegen, ‘Herr, sei gnädig’ for 4-part choir