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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: 5 minutes 44 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)

Verleih' uns Frieden, Op posth.
composer
10 February 1831
author of text

Other recordings available for download
St John's College Choir Cambridge, David Hill (conductor), John Robinson (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Verleih’ uns Frieden was composed, along with the Op 23 Sacred Choruses, during the period following the composer’s first flush of public success with such undisputed masterpieces as the String Octet and the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Between May 1830 and October 1831 Mendelssohn undertook a gruelling tour which included stops at Munich, Salzburg, Linz, Vienna, Pressburg, Graz, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Genoa, Milan and Geneva. By far the longest stay was in Rome, between 12 November 1830 and 10 April 1831, and it was there that he composed this prayer for peace, dated on the manuscript 10 February 1831.

This magical piece, originally scored for two flutes, two clarinets, two bassoons, strings and organ, is a continuous, three-verse setting (the same text is heard three times) in four parts. The floated introduction, premonitory of the woodwind figurations which open the Schöne Melusine overture of 1833, leads directly into the quietly contemplative first verse set for basses alone. Only the last verse utilizes the full forces available, and does so with a generous warmth of expression that leaves one in no doubt that ultimate peace cannot be far away.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 2006


Other albums featuring this work
'Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Music' (CDA67558)
Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Music

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