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

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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Details
Track 5 on CDH55268 [8'35] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining

Mitten wir im Leben sind, Op 23 No 3
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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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Details for CDH55268 track 5
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-35905
Duration
8'35
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 5
    Release date: December 1989
    Deletion date: November 2005
    Superseded by CDH55268
  2. Mendelssohn: Choral Music (CDH55268)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: April 2007
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
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