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

Recordings
'Mendelssohn: Choral Music' (CDH55268)
Mendelssohn: Choral Music
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'Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Music' (CDA67558)
Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Music
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'Panis angelicus' (CDA66669)
Panis angelicus
'The Music of Westminster Cathedral' (WCC100)
The Music of Westminster Cathedral
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Details
Track 4 on CDH55268 [7'22] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Track 1 on CDA66669 [6'59]
Track 13 on WCC100 [6'59] Super-budget price sampler

Ave Maria, Op 23 No 2
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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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Details for CDA67558 track 6
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-55806
Duration
6'29
Recording date
11 July 2005
Recording venue
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Music (CDA67558)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: May 2006
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