Chamber Choir of Europe / Nicol Matt

Mendelssohn: Choral Works (Complete)

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Of all the nearly forgotten music by Mendelssohn, the most nearly completely forgotten is his music for chorus. Only his songs come close to being as almost entirely ignored, but because a few of them have earned a place in the recital hall, even they have a more prominent place in the repertoire. This 10-disc Brilliant set of Mendelssohn's complete choral works featuring the Chamber Choir of Europe under Nicol Matt addresses this problem even though it may not solve it. The performances are uniformly excellent. The Choir has a smooth tone and superb diction and Matt elicits from them polished balanced and ardent interpretations. Despite the dearth of comparisons, these performances with their clean textures, light tempos, and devout tone are surely as close to definitive as is possible to imagine. For some listeners, of course, this may not be enough to redeem Mendelssohn's heartfelt yet stolid music from obscurity. For others with more open minds, however, this set may serve to introduce a body of sacred works that certainly exceeds any other similar body of works from the same period in terms of skill and sincerity. Though a bit recessed, Brilliant's digital sound is cool and clear.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
O Haupt Voll Blut und Wunden, chorale cantata for voice, chorus & orchestra in C minor
1
6:44
2
4:44
3
1:48
4
4:18
Vom Himmel Hoch, chorale cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major
5
5:33
6
2:07
7
0:35
8
3:19
9
0:54
10
1:43
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, chorale cantata for soloist, chorus & strings in A minor
11
0:55
12
3:43
13
3:04
14
2:01
Wir glauben all' an einen Gott, chorale cantata for chorus & orchestra in D minor
15
2:10
16
1:58
17
1:58
18
6:43

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Chorale harmonizations (3) for chorus & winds
1
2:07
2
3:24
3
4:53
Kyrie, for soloists & double chorus in C minor
4
3:50
5
2:45
6
5:43
7
6:18
8
1:35
9
2:53
10
2:31
Psalm Melodies and Harmonizations for chorus (Psalms 2, 24, 31, 91, 93, 98, 100)
11
1:17
12
0:47
13
0:52
14
1:04
15
0:41
16
1:02
17
1:10
18
2:35
19
2:51
20
2:40
21
2:51
22
4:15
23
4:09
24
3:12
25
5:33
26
1:40
27
3:55
28
1:39

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Motets (3) for female chorus & organ, Op. 39
1
3:47
2
3:27
3
2:18
4
2:38
5
2:05
6
2:53
Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70
7
1:48
8
3:00
Responsorium et Hymnus, for male chorus, cello, double bass & organ or orchestra (Vespergesang), Op. 121
9
3:22
10
3:17
11
1:42
12
3:06
Sacred Choruses (2) for male chorus, Op. 115
13
3:22
14
2:23
15
3:56
16
4:28
17
3:15
18
2:22
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