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Track(s) taken from CDA67558

Zum Abendsegen, Op posth.

First line:
Herr, sei gnädig unserm Flehn
author of text

St John's College Choir Cambridge, David Hill (conductor)
Recording details: July 2005
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: May 2006
Total duration: 2 minutes 41 seconds

Cover artwork: Tyrolean Girl Contemplating a Crucifix (detail) (1865) by Rudolph Friedrich Wasmann (1805-1886)
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'Outgoing, excitingly resonant, spirited singing' (Gramophone)

'I doubt that you would find a better performance of Mendelssohn's sacred choral music than this. Finely executed with immaculate phrasing sensitively performed, it is clear that David Hill is leading the choir of St John's to even greater heights while it maintains its own highly individual sound. The whole production is worthy of the highest praise' (Choir & Organ)

'This is one special record' (American Record Guide)

'Some lovely—indeed memorable—performances here; including a gorgeous account of Mendelssohn's richly opulent Ave Maria, Op 23 No 2 (Allan Clayton the wonderfully yearning tenor soloist) and a gloriously magisterial Warum toben die Heiden? from Op 78 … Quentin Beer is an impressively clear and pure-voiced treble in that most famous of all treble solos—O, for the wings of a dove … the recording is a triumph. Hyperion has come up with a far more rewarding sound than either Decca or Naxos was ever able to achieve at St John's' (International Record Review)

'The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, under David Hill, simply outsings all the current competition in sacred music by Mendelssohn' (Fanfare, USA)
Zum Abendsegen (‘To the Evening Service’) is a moving, contrapuntal miniature in A minor, one of the most ‘ancient’ in feel of all Mendelssohn’s choral works, which possesses a poignant intensity arising out of his subtle (and supple) handling of contrapuntally overlapping textures. Mendelssohn’s mastery of temporal pacing ensures that although the work builds towards and relaxes away from a central climax in little more than two-and-a-half minutes, nothing feels remotely forced.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 2006

Zum Abendsegen («To the Evening Service»), l’une des plus «antiques» œuvres chorales de Mendelssohn, est une émouvante miniature contrapuntique en la mineur, douée d’une intensité poignante née du traitement subtil (et souple) de textures se chevauchant contrapuntiquement. Grâce à la maîtrise mendelssohnienne de l’allure temporelle, absolument rien ne semble forcé, alors même que l’œuvre tend vers un apogée central et s’en relâche en un peu plus de deux minutes et demie.

extrait des notes rédigées par Julian Haylock © 2006
Français: Hypérion

Zum Abendsegen ist eine bewegende kontrapunktische Miniatur in a-Moll und gehört zu den Chorwerken Mendelssohns, die am meisten von „alter“ Musik beeinflusst wurden. Das Stück ist von einer ergreifenden Intensität erfüllt, die aus Mendelssohns subtiler (und geschmeidiger) kontrapunktischer Überlagerung entsteht. Mendelssohns Kunst der zeitlichen Abfolge sichert, dass nicht das Geringste forciert klingt, obwohl sich das Werk in nur etwas über zweieinhalb Minuten zu einem zentralen Höhepunkt hinentwickelt und sich von dort wieder entspannt.

aus dem Begleittext von Julian Haylock © 2006
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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