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March 28, 2014 7:48 pm

Mendelssohn: Symphony No 2 ‘Lobgesang’

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The “Hymn of Praise” is numbered second in Mendelssohn’s symphonic canon but was composed second to last.

Part cantata, part oratorio, it is imbued with the composer’s characteristic freshness and charm, as much in the three-movement orchestral introduction as in the subsequent choruses, recitatives and arias.

Its quasi-devotional, cross-genre status demands special advocacy, and gets it from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted here by the up-and-coming Heras-Casado.

Michael Schade, Christiane Karg and Christina Landshammer are the persuasive soloists, while the chorus radiates belief in its pivotal “armour of light” outburst and subsequent Bach-inspired chorale.


Mendelssohn

Symphony No 2 ‘Lobgesang’

Pablo Heras-Casado

(Harmonia Mundi)

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