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MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 2 – Lobgesang. NDR Radiophilharmonie, NDR Chor, WDR Rundfunkchor / Andrew Manze. Pentatone Classics SACD

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Mendelssohn Symphony No2 Lobgesang Rundfunkchor Manze Pentatone Classics Sacd

MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 2 – Lobgesang

1 I Sinfonia Maestoso con moto – Allegro
2 I Sinfonia Allegretto un poco agitato
3 I Sinfonia Adagio religioso
4 II Chorus Alles was Odem hat, lobe den Herrn
5 II Soprano I and Women’s Chorus Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele
6 III Tenor: Recitative and Aria Saget es, die ihr erlöst seid
7 IV Chorus Sagt es, die ihr erlöst seid
8 V Duet Soprano I and II, Chorus Ich harrete des Herrn
9 VI Tenor Stricke des Todes hatten uns umfangen
10 VII Chorus Die Nacht ist vergangen
11 VIII Chorus Nun danket alle Gott
12 IX Duet Soprano I and Tenor Drum sing ich mit meinem Liede
13 X Final Chorus Ihr Völker! bringet her dem Herrn

NDR Radiophilharmonie, NDR Chor, WDR Rundfunkchor / Andrew Manze

Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony “Lobgesang [Hymn of Praise]” is highly original from a conceptual point of view, with its combination of three instrumental movements, followed by a cantata with three soloists and chorus. The piece is a milestone in the history of the symphonic form, stretching the seams of the symphony genre even further than Beethoven had dared with his “Choral” Ninth. In his Lobgesang, Mendelssohn achieved nothing less than the artistic destruction of the conceptual opposition of vocal and instrumental music. Here they enter into a relationship of constructive, mutual support in the service of music. Moreover, the Biblical lyrics express Mendelssohn’s deeply-felt religiosity.

This album completes PENTATONE’s Mendelssohn Symphonies series with the NDR Radiophilharmonie and conductor Andrew Manze. After winning the Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2017 for their recording of Symphonies 1 & 3 and the positive reception of Symphonies 4 & 5, expectations are high for this final piece of the puzzle. On this album, the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Andrew Manze join forces with the NDR Chor and WDR Rundfunkchor, as well as with an excellent cast of soloists: sopranos Anna Lucia Richter and Esther Dierkes and tenor Robin Tritschler.

Pentatone Classics SACD PTC5186639

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