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Richte mich, Gott, Op 78 No 2
composer
1843/4
author of text
Psalm 43

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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Track 14 on CDH55268 [3'51] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining

Richte mich, Gott, Op 78 No 2
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The setting of Richte mich, Gott (Psalm 43) exchanges the double chorus of Warum toben for a single four-voice choir, and is noticeably simpler in outline. Following the stern contours of the D minor opening section, characterized by the male voices in unison alternating with the female choir in four-part harmony, the move to the relative major (F) at the words ‘Sende dein Licht’ soars away to uplifting effect. The following 3/8 andante reverts to the atmosphere and textures of the opening section before the final verses resolve former tensions in the warm glow of a D major chorale.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 2006

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