Sung in German, the present recording of Mendelssohn’s oratorio features an outstanding team of soloists together with the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock. It is well worth hearing.

“Even the overture conjures up the mood in which the populace turns its back on God: spare, almost gruff string sonorities describe the barrenness of the country and the people’s despair at the absence of any rainfall. It is hard to imagine a more eloquent, dramatic and gripping performance of Elijah, and if there were times when the work sounded like Bach, then this should be seen as a compliment. […] Anyone looking for an outstanding recording of Elijah need look no further than this.“ STUTTGARTER NACHRICHEN