Motets & Psalms

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MENDELSSOHN
Motets & Psalms
Gillian Weir (organ) with Felicity Palmer (soprano) / Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury

[ Decca Australian SBS Eloquence / CD ]

Release Date: Sunday 20 March 2016

Mendelssohn's 'Hear my prayer' (or, in its English adaptation also known as 'O for the wings of a dove') is a much loved piece of 'Victoriana', made famous by, among others, Master Ernest Lough. Often sung by boy sopranos, it is here performed by Felicity Palmer, traditionally a mezzo, but using the soprano register of her voice here. She is soloist with the Heinrich Schütz Choir and Chorale under Roger Norrington, on an Argo LP which also contains the Sechs Sprüche (Six Aphorisms), a collection of short motets for particular days in the ecclesiastical year was written in 1845, the year in which Mendelssohn resumed directorship of the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra. The three sublime Psalms, Op. 73 are included (shared between the Heinrich Schütz and King's College choirs) as is the brief but touching Ave Maria, written in Rome in 1830 and whose publication at the time led The Neue Zeitschrift für Musik said of it at the time that 'the music sings so convincingly of the sanctity of Mary that it could lead a non-Catholic to her. 'If issued as a pop disc Ave Maria would probably make the top ten' wrote The Gramophone when this recording was first issued.

Tracks:

Hear My Prayer
Gillian Weir (organ) with Felicity Palmer (soprano)
Heinrich Schütz Choir and Chorale, Roger Norrington

Six Motets, Op. 79
Gillian Weir (organ)
Heinrich Schütz Choir and Chorale, Roger Norrington

Beati mortui, Op. 115 No. 1
Gillian Weir (organ)
Heinrich Schütz Choir and Chorale, Roger Norrington

Mein Gott, warum hast du mich verlassen? - Psalm 22, Op. 78, No. 3
Gillian Weir (organ)
Heinrich Schütz Choir and Chorale, Roger Norrington

Veni Domine 'Hear my prayer, o Lord', Op. 39 No. 1
Gillian Weir (organ)

Heinrich Schütz Choir and Chorale, Roger Norrington

Ave Maria, Op. 23 No. 2
Gillian Weir (organ)
Heinrich Schütz Choir and Chorale, Roger Norrington

Warum toben die Heiden Op. 78 No. 1
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury

Richte mich, Gott Op. 78 No. 2
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury