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Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt, Op. 27
(Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage)
Dem Kronprinzen von Preussen gewidmet (Friedrich Wilhelm IV.)
Meeresstille. Adagio -
Glückliche Fahrt. Molto allegro e vivace - Allegro maestoso
Symphony No. 2, Op. 52 'Hymn of Praise'
in B flat major - in B-Dur - en si bémol majeur
A Symphony-Cantata on Words from Holy Scripture
for soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra
Seiner Majestät dem König von Sachsen ehrfurchtsvoll zugeeignet
Julian Wilkins organ
Sinfonia. Maestoso con moto - Allegro - Animato -
Allegretto un poco agitato -
Adagio religioso -
Allegro moderato maestoso - Chorus: 'All men, all things, all that has life and breath' - Animato
Allegro di molto, 'Praise the Lord with lute and harp' -
Molto più moderato ma con fuoco. Soprano I: 'Praise thou the Lord, O my spirit' -
Recitativo. Tenor: 'Sing ye praise, all ye redeemed of the Lord' -
Allegro moderato. Tenor: 'He counteth all your sorrows in the time of need' -
Chorus. A tempo moderato. 'All ye that cried unto the Lord in distress and deep affliction' -
Andante. Soprano I and II, with Chorus: 'I waited for the Lord, He inclined unto me' -
Allegro un poco agitato. Tenor: 'The sorrows of death had closed all around me' -
Allegro assai agitato -
Recitativo. Tenor: 'We called thro' the darkness' -
Lento. Tenor: '"Watchman, will the night soon pass?"' -
A tempo I moderato. Tenor: 'The watchman only said' - Lento -
Recitativo. Tenor: '"Watchman, will the night soon
Recitativo. Tenor: '"Watchman, will the night soon
Sostenuto. Soprano I: 'The night is departing!' - Lento -
Allegro maestoso e molto vivace. Chorus: 'The night is departing' -
Chorale. Andante con moto. 'Let all men praise the Lord' -
Un poco più animato. 'Glory and praise to God' -
Andante sostenuto assai. Tenor and Soprano I: 'My song shall be alway Thy mercy' -
Final Chorus. Allegro non troppo. 'Ye Nations, offer to the Lord glory and might!' -
Più vivace. 'O give thanks to the Lord' -
Maestoso come primo. 'All that has life and breath, sing to the Lord'
Total time: 73:01
Sophie Bevan soprano I
Mary Bevan soprano II
Benjamin Hulett tenor
Conductor: Edward Gardner
15 and 16 February 2014
This is the third recording in our Mendelssohn in Birmingham series, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its Principal Guest Conductor, Edward Gardner. The album features Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage (Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt) and Symphony No. 2, completing our survey of Mendelssohn’s mature symphonies.
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is the second in a trilogy of concert overtures by Mendelssohn, the two others being A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Hebrides, the latter recorded on Vol. 1 in this Chandos series. Based on two poems by Goethe these sonorous images describe a ship helplessly becalmed in the open sea, then carried by rising winds towards land. The densely textured, immensely slow opening evocation of oceanic calm and the following quickening full-orchestral crescendo strikingly depict Goethe’s verses.
Symphony No. 2 was valued as one of Mendelssohn’s greatest and most influential achievement for much of the nineteenth century – not least in Britain – but it has since come to be viewed equivocally. A fusion of neo-baroque procedures with romantic sentiment provides the backdrop of this hybrid Symphony-Cantata, made up of three orchestral movements and a choral finale, in which smooth contrapuntal arias contrast with exuberant, dramatic choral sections. The soloists are all emerging young artists in Britain, the wonderfully talented soprano sisters Mary and Sophie Bevan and the tenor Benjamin Hulett.
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“… Gardner and his singers locate the nobility in the music’s odd mish-mash of baroque and romantic elements, and let it speak without excess drama. The two sopranos and tenor mesh convincingly and the final chorus is genuinely moving…” ****
Brian Morton – Choir & Organ magazine – July/August 2015
Edward Gardner has a special understanding of Mendelssohn; his approach both to this Symphony and the Overture is sympathetic and very perceptive.
Antony Hodgson - ClassicalSource.com - July 2015
**** (Excellent Album)
Giuseppe Rossi – Musica magazine (Italy) – June 2015
“… both the orchestra and chorus are superb here – and beautifully recorded. Soloists are fine …”
Donald Vroon – American Record Guide – May/June 2015
“… exquisite solo singing from the sopranos Sophie and Mary Bevan and the tenor Benjamin Hulett in the finale to Mendelssohn’s homage to Beethoven’s Choral Symphony.”
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 5 April 2015
Recording of the Month
"The whole disc is a rare pleasure; spoil yourself.
Gwyn Parry-Jones - MusicWeb-International.com - 27 February 2015
" Gardner conjures up something akin to a serenely unruffled Turner seascape coaxing a sonorous luminosity from the splendid CBSO strings Indeed, the radiance and natural perspectives of Chandos’s engineering capture the stasis of the passage in a way that’s utterly mesmerizing in its effect, abetted in part by the warm acoustics of Birmingham Town Hall This is in very sense an unreservedly absorbing account, exceptionally well played and directed with admirable facility and understanding by Gardner. I’d go as far as to say that I’d happily pay he price of this new SACD just to acquire this unusually touching and masterful performance of Meeresstille und glückliche Fährt
Michael Jameson - International Record Review - March 2015
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