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Track(s) taken from CDH55268
Recording details: February 1989
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1989
Total duration: 7 minutes 22 seconds

'Singing of an exceptionally high quality' (Gramophone)

'One of the most enriching listening experiences I have had in some time. This ethereal music is truly inspirational and serves to renew one's faith' (American Record Guide)

'This is one of the most wonderful choral discs I have ever heard. A must for anyone who values really wonderful music fantastically well performed' (Organists' Review)

'This delectable recital of choral gems … from the marvellous Corydon Singers' (CDReview)

Ave Maria, Op 23 No 2
composer
November 1830; Three Sacred Pieces, Op 23
author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

Other recordings available for download
Allan Clayton (tenor), St John's College Choir Cambridge, John Robinson (organ), David Hill (conductor)
Westminster Cathedral Choir, Andrew Carwood (tenor), Iain Simcock (organ), James O'Donnell (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Although Mendelssohn was a devout Protestant all his life, his setting of the Latin Ave Maria can be numbered among his most radiantly beautiful creations. Cast in three parts, the devotional simplicity of the outer sections (which share the same basic musical material) contrasts tellingly with the floated contrapuntal textures of the ‘Sancta Maria’. The tenor solo’s opening phrase is recalled, incidentally, in the final coda of the ‘Scottish’ Symphony. Heinrich Dorn wrote enthusiastically in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik: ‘The music speaks so convincingly of Mary’s sanctity that it could lead a non-Catholic to her. This sacredly joyous A major ensemble resembles a golden platter upon which the master has laid down this pure hymn. Here we find the tenderest tonal colours of edification, worship and religious thought directed towards Heaven and reflected in the eye.’

from notes by Julian Haylock © 2006


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