All thanks for this go to Bob
Premiered in Birmingham town hall in 1846, and a fixture of massed British choral societies ever since, Elijah is a prime culprit of George Bernard Shaw’s quip accusing Mendelssohn of “despicable oratorio-mongering”. But get a performance as fleet-footed and intelligent as this and all stodge and sanctimony are swept away. There is heft when it matters, in Yet Doth the Lord, and drama-charged recitatives from fulsome voiced soloists. But what’s more compelling is the nimbleness, the swift-moving parts. There are quick corners and shapely inner voices, subtle weft even in classic fat chorus numbers such as Blessed are the Men who Fear Him. Raspy period strings add God-fearing menace, the choir sound rich but luminous in detail.
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Performer: Shirley Verrett, Jane Marsh, Richard Lewis, Tom Krause, Singing City Choir Of Philadelphia, The Columbus Boychoir
Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Number of discs: 3
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.85 GB
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