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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: 8 minutes 35 seconds

Mitten wir im Leben sind, Op 23 No 3
composer
November 1830; Three Sacred Choruses, Op 23
author of text

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St John's College Choir Cambridge, David Hill (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The ‘archaic’ austerity and raw emotional power of Mitten wir im Leben sind sets it apart from Mendelssohn’s characteristic vocal idiom. This is derived directly from Samuel Scheidt and Johann Sebastian Bach, whom Mendelssohn considered the greatest of all composers and whose modern reputation he effectively secured with a historic performance of the St Matthew Passion in 1829. Mitten wir is divided into three verses, each concluded by a ‘Kyrie eleison’, and characterized by the textural contrasts achieved by setting plaintive chorales against energized, contrapuntal vivaces. Most memorable of all is the way Mendelssohn resolves the intensity of the opening pair of ‘Kyries’ with the floated closing phrases.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 2006


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'Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Music' (CDA67558)
Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Music

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