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Accentus / Laurence Equilbey - Mendelssohn: Christus; Cantates Chorales (2011)

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Accentus / Laurence Equilbey - Mendelssohn: Christus; Cantates Chorales (2011)
Artist: Accentus / Laurence Equilbey
Title Of Album: Mendelssohn: Christus; Cantates Chorales
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Naive
Country: EU
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 48:19 min
Full Size: 218 MB


Felix Mendelssohn: Verleih' uns Frieden
Verleih' uns Frieden

Felix Mendelssohn: Christus, Op. 97
Part I: Geburt Christi: Recitative: Da Jesus geboren war zu Bethlehem (Soprano)
Part I: Geburt Christi: Trio: Wo ist der neugeborne Konig der Juden? (Tenor, Bass)
Part I: Geburt Christi: Es wird ein Stern aus Jakob aufgehn (Chorus)
Part II: Leiden Christi: Recitative: Und der ganze Haufe stand auf (Tenor)
Part II: Leiden Christi: Ihr Tochter Zions (Chorus)
Part II: Leiden Christi: Er nimmt auf seinen Rucken (Chorus)

Felix Mendelssohn: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (Chorus)
Aria: Du, dessen Todeswunden die sundge Welt versohnt (Bass)
Ich will hier bei dir stehen, verachte mich doch nicht (Chorus)

Felix Mendelssohn: Vom Himmel hoch
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (Chorus)
Aria: Es ist der Herr Christ, unser Gott (Baritone)
Er bring euch alle Seligkeit (Chorus)
Aria: Sei willekomm', du edler Gast (Soprano)
Arioso: Das also hat gefallen dir (Baritone)
Lob, Ehr sei Gott im hochsten Thron (Chorus)

Conductor Laurence Equilbey continues to broaden the range of repertoire in which the choir Accentus excels. This album presents a sampling of some of Mendelssohn's (relatively) small-scale sacred choral works. Each of them demonstrates the sweet euphony characteristic of so much of the composer's writing. The single-movement cantata Verleih uns Frieden gnadiglich, and the chorus from Christus, "Es wird ein Stern aus Jacob aufgehn" are especially lovely examples of the choral serenity Mendelssohn was so skilled at creating. Christus consists of six movements from the unfinished oratorio, with three movements devoted to the Nativity and three to the Passion. In the cantatas based on Lutheran chorales, O Haupt voll blut und wunden and Vom Himmel hoch, it's easy to hear the influence of J.S. Bach in the music's contrapuntal richness and the grandeur summoned in the choral passages. The soloists, soprano Sandrine Piau, tenor Robert Getchell, and basses Markus Butter and Laurent Slaars are all top-notch, singing with exceptionally pure, warm tone, and unmannered delivery. Accentus sings with its accustomed full, sumptuous blend; immaculate intonation; and shapely sensitivity to the music's nuances. Ensemble Orchestral de Paris capably matches the choir's subtlety and musicality. Naive's album is beautifully engineered, with absolute clarity and spacious ambience. Highly recommended for fans of Romantic choral music. -- Stephen Eddins

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