MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 2 Lobgesang. Machteld Baumans, Judith van Wanrooij, Patrick Henckens, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend. Challenge Classics SACD

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Mendelssohn Symphony No 2 Lobgesang De Vriend Challenge Classics Sacd

MENDELSSOHN

Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang”

Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise)", opus 52

1. Maestoso con moto - Allegro

2. Allegretto un poco agitato

3. Adagio religioso

4. Allegro moderato maestoso - Animato

5. Allegro di molto

6. Molto più moderato ma con fuoco

7. Recitativo

8. Allegro moderato - A tempo moderato

9. Andante

10. Allegro un poco agitato

11. Allegro assai agitato

12. Tempo I, moderato

14. Allegro maestoso e molto vivace

15. Andante con moto

16. Un poco più animato

17. Andante sostenuto assai

18. Allegro non troppo

19. Più vivace

20. Maestoso como I

Machteld Baumans, Judith van Wanrooij (soprano)

Patrick Henckens (tenor)

Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend

Following their acclaimed cycle of the Beethoven symphonies for Challenge Classics, conductor Jan Willem de Vriend and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra are now recording the five symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn, beginning with one of the least well-known, the Symphony No. 2 ‘Hymn of Praise’.

The symphonies will be released on hybrid SACDs and the performances will incorporate instrumental techniques from Mendelssohn’s own time. The fingerings and bowings for the edition employed here are by Ferdinand David, a friend of the composer and concertmaster of the Gewandhaus Orchestra.

"Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang is undoubtedly the greatest work that has proceeded from any German composer since Beethoven. It is great in plan, great in development, and masterly in detail." [From: Annual report - Sacred Harmonic Society London (1844)]. That the symphony was forgotten, despite such reviews, was largely due to unfavourable comparisons with Beethoven’s Ninth, and the large vocal portion of the work. But de Vriend and his orchestra believe fully in its qualities and give an insightful performance which could well lead to its revaluation.

Artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend has, since 2006, also been the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. De Vriend has been a guest conductor with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Challenge Classics SACD CC72543

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