ELIJAH

Double CD

Felix Mendelssohn
Elijah. Oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra op.70

Michael Nagy Baritone
Lothar Odinius Tenor
Genia Kühmeier Soprano
Ann Hallenberg Alto

Balthasar Neumann Choir and soloists
Boy soloist of the Choir Academy of the Konzerthaus Dortmund
Balthasar Neumann Ensemble
Thomas Hengelbrock Musical Direction

Publication: deutsche harmonia mundi | 2016

Review

“Wonderfully alive, dramatic and ‘historically informed’ but also performed with the stylistic assurance of a live performance.” SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

“Anyone looking for an outstanding recording of ‘Elijah’ need look no further than this.” STUTTGARTER ZEITUNG

“Yes, moving. The colours grow iridescent here, the moods change harmoniously as in a musical slideshow, vividly and eloquently.” RONDO

“So heartfelt, so emotional that listeners struggled to hold back their tears. The choir (what outstanding intonation the singers brought to their vocal lines!), the soloists (too many and all too good to be named individually) and the orchestra created a controlled sound notable for its jubilant homogeneity, while at the same time remaining flexible: the music skipped along without seeming hurried or effortful. Thomas Hengelbrock has achieved a magnificent feat of interpretation with his new recording of ‘Elijah’ with his Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble.” BADISCHE ZEITUNG