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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 CDH55268 track 4
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-35904
Duration
7'22
Recording date
18 February 1989
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Mendelssohn: Choral Music (CDA66359)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: December 1989
    Deletion date: November 2005
    Superseded by CDH55268
  2. Mendelssohn: Choral Music (CDH55268)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: April 2007
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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