July 25, 2006

Choir of St John's College - Mendelssohn, Sacred Choral Works

Nowhere is Mendelssohnís creative psyche more poignantly exposed than in his choral works. His desire to create music rewarding for performers and listeners alike is everywhere apparent, as is his always mellifluous and gracious vocal writing. Most endearing of all are Mendelssohnís worlds of dreamlike contentment, which cocoon the listener in a web of enchanted idealism. HŲr mein Bitten (Hear my prayer) is the most popular of his small-scale choral works and was composed during Mendelssohnís eighth visit to England in 1844, just before he began putting the finishing touches to his violin concerto. The piece conjures up the feelings of peace and contentment in the flowing melodic lines of the inimitable O for the wings of a dove, which is also on this disc in its famous English adaptation. All of these sacred works are radiantly performed by The Choir of St Johnís College, Cambridge under David Hill in the first of a new series of recordings on the Hyperion label. 8333 CD 18.95

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