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CHAN 241-48 - Mendelssohn: Elijah
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CD available From: 21 July 2014
     
 Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
     
Elijah, Op. 70 131:24
     
      COMPACT DISC ONE
     
      First Part
1 Introduction. Recitative. Elijah: 'As God the Lord of Israel liveth' - 1:08
2 Overture - 3:25
3 1 Chorus. The People: 'Help, Lord! wilt Thou quite 4:35
      destroy us?' -
      Recitative. Chorus: 'The deep afford no water' -
4 2 Duet with Chorus. The People: 'Lord! bow Thine ear to our prayer!' - 1:55
      Duet (soprano and contralto); 'Zion spreadeth her hands for aid' -
5 3 Recitative. Obadiah: 'Ye people, rend your hearts, and not 0:45
      your garments' -
6 4 Air. Obadiah: 'If with all your hearts ye truly seek Me' - 2:13
7 5 Chorus. The People: 'Yet doth the Lord see it not' - 4:04
8 6 Recitative. An Angel (contralto): 'Elijah! get thee 0:59
      hence, Elijah!' -
9 7 Semi-chorus. Angels: 'For He shall give His angels 3:39
      charger over thee' -
      Recitative. An Angel (contralto): 'Now Cherith's brook is dried up' -
10 8 Recitative, Air, and Duet. The Widow (soprano): 'What have 5:38
      I to do with thee, O man of God?' -
11 9 Chorus: 'Blessed are the men who fear Him' - 3:41
12 10 Recitative. Elijah, Ahab, and Chorus: 'As God the 3:55
      Lord of Sabaoth liveth; -
13 11 Chorus: Priests of Baal: 'Baal, we cry to thee; 3:24
      hear and answer us!' -
14 12 Recitative. Elijah: 'Call him louder, for he is a god!' - 1:09
      Chorus. Priests of Baal: 'Hear our cry, O Baal!' -
15 13 Recitative. Elijah: 'Call him louder! he heareth not' - 1:59
      Chorus. Priests of Baal: 'Hear and answer Baal!' -
16 14 Recitative and Air. Elijah: 'Draw near, all ye people: 3:33
      come to me!' -
17 15 Chorale: Angels: 'Cast they burden upon the Lord' - 2:12
18 16 Recitative. Elijah: 'O Thou, who makest Thine angels spirits' - 2:46
      Chorus. The People; 'The fire descends from heaven' -
      Recitative. Elijah: 'Take all the prophets of Baal' -
      Chorus. The People: 'Take all the prophets of Baal' -
19 17 Air. Elijah: 'Is not His word like a fire' - 1:53
20 18 Arioso (contralto): 'Woe unto them who forsake Him!' - 3:15
21 19 Recitative with Chorus. Obadiah: 'O man of god, 5:44
      help they people!' -
      Elijah: 'O Lord, Thou hast overthrown Thine enemies and destroyed them' -
22 20 Chorus. The People: 'Thanks be to God! He laveth 3:58
      the thirsty land!
     
      TT 66:03
     
     
      COMPACT DISC TWO
     
      Second Part
     
1 21 Air (soprano): 'Hear ye, Israel; hear what the Lord speaketh' - 5:20
2 22 Chorus: 'Be not afraid, saith God the Lord' - 4:23
3 23 Recitative. Elijah: 'The Lord hath exalted thee from among 3:26
      the people' -
      Recitative with Chorus. The Queen: 'Have ye not heard he hath prophesied against all Israel? ' -
4 24 Chorus: 'Woe to him, he sall perish; for he closed 1:35
      the heavens!' -
5 25 Recitative. Obadiah: 'Man of god, now let my words 2:08
      be precious in thy sight' -
6 26 Air. Elijah: 'It is enough; O Lord, now take away my life' - 5:15
7 27 Recitative (tenor): 'See, now he sleepeth beneath a juniper 0:40
      tree in the wilderness' -
8 28 Soprano and Alto Trio. The Angels: 'Lift thine eyes to the 2:09
      mountains, whence cometh help' -
9 29 Chorus. Angels: 'He, watching over Israel, slumbers 3:58
      not, nor sleeps' -
10 30 Recitative. The Angel (contralto): 'Aris, Elijah, for thou hast a 1:57
      long journey before thee' -
11 31 Air. The Angel (contralto): 'O rest in the Lord' - 3:28
12 32 Chorus: 'He that shall endure to the end, shall be saved' - 2:44
13 33 Recitative. Elijah: 'Night falleth round me, O Lord!' - 1:42
14 34 Chorus: 'Behold! God the Lord passed by!' - 3:43
15 35 Recitative (contralto): 'Above Him stood the Seraphim' - 3:41
16 36 Chorus: 'Go, return upon they way!' - 1:22
      Recitative. Elijah: 'I go on my way in the strength of the Lord' -
17 37 Arioso. Elijah: 'For the mountains shall depart, and the 2:20
      hills be removed' -
18 38 Chorus: 'Then did Elijah the prophet break forth like a fire' - 2:13
19 39 Air (tenor): 'Then shall the righteous shine forth as 2:07
      the sun in their heavenly Father's realm' -
20 40 Recitative (soprano): 'Behold, God hath sent Elijah the prophet' - 1:05
21 41 Chorus: 'But the Lord from the north hath raised one' - 3:22
22 41A Quartet: 'O come everyone that thirsteth, O come to 2:43
      the waters' -
23 42 Chorus: 'And then shall your light break forth as the 3:43
      light of the morning breaketh'
     
      TT 65:21
     
     
 London Symphony Orchestra
 Willard White bass - Elijah
 Rosalind Plowright soprano - The Widow, Angel, Soprano Solos
 Linda Finnie contralto - Angel, The Queen, Contralto Solos
 Arthur Davies tenor - Obadiah, Ahab, Tenor Solos
 Jeremy Budd treble - The Youth
     
     
 London Symphony Chorus
 Roderick Elms organ
 Recorded in:
 Church of St Jude-on-the Hill, Central Square, London NW11
 Richard Hickox
      21-25 April 1989
 Producer(s)
 Brian Couzens
 Sound Engineer(s)
 Ralph Couzens
 Ben Connellan
 Format: Digital CD 16Bit 44.1Khz
Originally recorded in: 24 Bit Remaster

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