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Track(s) taken from CDH55268

Kyrie eleison, Op posth.

author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Recording details: February 1989
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1989
Total duration: 1 minutes 23 seconds

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St John's College Choir Cambridge, David Hill (conductor)


'This is one of the most wonderful choral discs I have ever heard. A must for anyone who values really wonderful music fantastically well performed' (Organists' Review)

'This delectable recital of choral gems … from the marvellous Corydon Singers' (CDReview)
As is invariably the case with Mendelssohn’s final choral works, the Kyrie eleison of 1846 (the last and finest of four settings he composed) was written for the choir of the Domkirche in Berlin. The sense of inner peace and warmth of expression which characterizes this setting is remarkable from a man who was close to physical collapse. Throughout his life (with the notable exception of losing his beloved sister, Fanny, right at the end), Mendelssohn repeatedly demonstrated a transcendental ability to overcome worldly concerns and elevate his music to a more spiritual level of human experience.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 2006

Comme absolument toutes les dernières œuvres chorales de Mendelssohn, le Kyrie eleison de 1846 (le dernier et le plus beau de ses quatre Kyrie) fut écrit pour le chœur de la Domkirche de Berlin. La paix intérieure et l’expression chaleureuse qui en émanent sont remarquables chez un homme alors proche de l’effondrement physique. Durant toute son existence (à l’exception notable de la perte de sa bien-aimée sœur Fanny, à la toute fin), Mendelssohn montra très souvent une aptitude transcendentale à surmonter les choses de ce monde pour élever sa musique à un niveau davantage spirituel de l’expérience humaine.

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

Wie das bei allen letzten Chorwerken Mendelssohns der Fall ist, wurde auch das von 1846 stammende Kyrie eleison (die letzte und feinste der vier Vertonungen dieses Textes, die Mendelssohn schuf) für den Chor der Berliner Domkirche geschrieben. Das dieses Werk prägende Gefühl des inneren Friedens und der Gefühlswärme stellt eine beachtliche Leistung für einen Mann dar, der nahe am Zusammenbruch stand. In seinem ganzen Leben (mit der denkwürdigen Ausnahme beim Verlust seiner geliebten Schwester Fanny ganz am Ende) bewies Mendelssohn immer wieder seine transzendentale Fähigkeit, weltliche Sorgen zu überwinden und seine Musik auf eine vergeistigtere Ebene menschlicher Erfahrung zu heben.

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

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Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Music
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