Mendelssohn - Symphony No.2 ’Lobgesang’ | Harmonia Mundi HMC902151

Mendelssohn - Symphony No.2 ’Lobgesang’

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC902151

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th March 2014

Contents

Artists

Christiane Karg (soprano)
Christina Landshamer (soprano)
Michael Schade (tenor)
Chorus & Orchestra of Bavarian Radio

Conductor

Pablo Heras-Casado

Works

Mendelssohn, Felix

Symphony no.2 in B flat major, op.52 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise)

Artists

Christiane Karg (soprano)
Christina Landshamer (soprano)
Michael Schade (tenor)
Chorus & Orchestra of Bavarian Radio

Conductor

Pablo Heras-Casado

About

The 'Lobgesang' or Hymn of Praise, commissioned by the city of Leipzig from its Kapellmeister Mendelssohn to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing in 1840, has elements of all three categories. But, at the opposite pole from Beethoven’s Ninth, we have here a symphonic miniature in three movements, intended to act as the overture to the sung part of the work, which is twice as long. Thus this splendid ‘Symphony-Cantata’ expands into a sweeping vocal and choral epic.

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