Mendelssohn - Die Erste Walpurgisnacht | Brilliant Classics 95119

Mendelssohn - Die Erste Walpurgisnacht

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95119

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 15th June 2015

Contents

Artists

Annelies Burmeister (contralto)
Eberhard Buchner (tenor)
Siegfried Lorentz (baritone)
Rundfunkchor Leipzig
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Conductor

Kurt Masur

Works

Mendelssohn, Felix

Die erste Walpurgisnacht, op.60
Infelice, op.94
Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage), op.27
Overture in C major 'Trumpet', op.101
The Fair Melusine Overture, op.32

Artists

Annelies Burmeister (contralto)
Eberhard Buchner (tenor)
Siegfried Lorentz (baritone)
Rundfunkchor Leipzig
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Conductor

Kurt Masur

About

Die erste Walpurgisnacht is the fruit of the lifelong admiration of Mendelssohn for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the towering cultural and political influence of his time. The Cantata for vocal soloists, choir and orchestra vividly expresses Goethes dramatic tale, set in the times of the Celts and their pagan rites.

These are excellent performances by the stellar Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Kurt Masur, and famous soloists Eberhard Büchner, Siegfried Lorenz and Annelies Burmeister.

As a generous bonus we hear three Overtures by Mendelssohn: Die schöne Melusine, Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt and the Overture in C - testimonies of Mendelssohn’s remarkable genius for the perfect balance between form and content.

The booklet provides liner notes in English and German.

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