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Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol. 3: Symphony No. 2 ‘Hymn of Praise’ - Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

Mary Bevan, Sophie Bevan, Benjamin Hulett, CBSO Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

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Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 27 (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage)  
1
Meeresstille. Adagio –
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
4:05
2
Glückliche Fahrt. Molto allegro e vivace – Allegro maestoso
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
7:43
Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 52 ‘Hymn of Praise’ (Lobgesang)  
3
I. Sinfonia. Maestoso con moto – Allegro – Animato – Maestoso con moto come primo –
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
10:26
4
I. Allegretto un poco agitato –
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
5:58
5
I. Adagio religioso –
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
6:37
6
II. Allegro moderato maestoso. Chorus: ‘All men, all things, all that has life and breath’ – Animato – Allegro di molto. ‘Praise the Lord with lute and harp’ –
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
4:35
7
II. Molto più moderato ma con fuoco. Soprano I: ‘Praise thou the Lord, O my spirit’ –
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Sophie Bevan
2:00
8
III. Recitativo. Tenor: ‘Sing ye praise, all ye redeemed of the Lord’ –
Felix Mendelssohn; Benjamin Hulett; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
0:51
9
III. Allegro moderato. Tenor: ‘He counteth all your sorrows in the time of need’ –
Felix Mendelssohn; Benjamin Hulett; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
1:57
10
IV. Chorus. A tempo moderato. ‘All ye that cried unto the Lord in distress and deep affliction’ –
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
2:04
11
V. Andante. Soprano I and II, with Chorus: ‘I waited for the Lord, He inclined unto me’ –
Felix Mendelssohn; Mary Bevan; Sophie Bevan; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
4:50
12
VI. Allegro un poco agitato. Tenor: ‘The sorrows of death had closed all around me’ –
Felix Mendelssohn; Benjamin Hulett; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
1:43
13
VI. Allegro assai agitato – Recitativo. Tenor: ‘We called thro’ the darkness’ – Lento. Tenor: ‘“Watchman, will the night soon pass?”’ – A tempo I moderato. Tenor: ‘The watchman only said’ – Lento – Recitativo. Tenor: ‘“Watchman, will the night soon pass?”
Felix Mendelssohn; Benjamin Hulett; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Sophie Bevan
2:39
14
VII. Allegro maestoso e molto vivace. Chorus: ‘The night is departing’ –
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
4:12
15
VIII. Chorale. Andante con moto. ‘Let all men praise the Lord’ –
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; Edward Gardner
1:15
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VIII. Un poco più animato. ‘Glory and praise to God’ –
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
2:28
17
IX. Andante sostenuto assai. Tenor and Soprano I: ‘My song shall be alway Thy mercy’ –
Felix Mendelssohn; Benjamin Hulett; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Sophie Bevan
3:58
18
X. Final Chorus. Allegro non troppo. ‘Ye Nations, offer to the Lord glory and might!’ –
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
1:53
19
X. Più vivace. ‘O give thanks to the Lord’ – Maestoso come primo. ‘All that has life and breath, sing to the Lord’
Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
3:27
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    72:41
"... the Chorus is superb, the quality of the instrumental sound is admirable and an appropriate sense of grandeur is achieved in the big moments ... Gardner has a special understanding of Mendelssohn; his approach is sympathetic and very perceptive."
- ClassicalSource.com

"... a work that deserves more attention and performances than it currently receives ... it is full of lyrical melodies and exciting and involved choruses. There is considerable self-referencing throughout with thematic transformation and superb musical workmanship."
- MusicWeb International

"... the radiance and natural perspectives of engineering capture the stasis of the passage in a way that’s utterly mesmerizing ... an unreservedly absorbing account, exceptionally well played and directed with admirable facility and understanding by Gardner ... this fine account should certainly impress."
- International Record Review

This is the third recording in a series entitled Mendelssohn in Birmingham from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner. The album features Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage and the influential Symphony No. 2, completing the survey of Mendelssohn’s mature symphonies. The soloists on the programme are all emerging young British artists, the wonderfully talented soprano sisters Mary and Sophie Bevan and tenor Benjamin Hulett.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: Town Hall, Birmingham; 15 and 16 February 2014
Recording producer: Brian Pidgeon
Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens
Assistant engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Editor Jonathan: Cooper
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Front cover: Pen-and-ink sketch by Mendelssohn of Birmingham, from letter written in London, dated 2 October 1840 © Lebrecht Music & Arts Photo Library
Back cover: Photograph of Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega Photography
Design and typesetting: Cap & Anchor Design Co.

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