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Mendelssohn - Elijah / Terfel, Fleming, Bardon, Ainsley, Fulgoni, Paul Daniel

Felix Mendelssohn , Paul Daniel , Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment , Bryn Terfel , Renée Fleming , Patricia Bardon , John Mark Ainsley , Edinburgh Festival Chorus , Libby Crabtree , Neal Davies Audio CD
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listen  1. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - Introduction: "As God the Lord of Israel liveth"Stephen Doughty 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - OvertureStephen Doughty 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Help, Lord! Wilt Thou quite destroy us?"Stephen Doughty 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Lord, bow Thine ear to our pray'r!"Stephen Doughty 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Ye people, rend your hearts and not your garments"Stephen Doughty0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "If with all your hearts ye truly seek Me"Stephen Doughty 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Yet doth the Lord see it not"Stephen Doughty 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Elijah! Get thee hence; Elijah!"Stephen Doughty0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "For He shall give His angels charge"Stephen Doughty 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "What have I to do with thee"Stephen Doughty 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Bless'd are they who fear the Lord"Stephen Doughty 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "As God the Lord of Sabaoth liveth"Stephen Doughty 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Baal, we cry to thee"Stephen Doughty 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Call him louder, for he is a God!"Stephen Doughty 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Call him louder! He heareth not"Stephen Doughty 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel"Stephen Doughty 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Cast thy burden upon the Lord"Stephen Doughty 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "O Thou, who makest Thine angels"Stephen Doughty 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Is not his word like a fire!"Stephen Doughty 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Woe, woe unto them who forsake Him!"Stephen Doughty 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "O man of God, help thy people"Stephen Doughty 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 1 - "Thanks be to God!Stephen Doughty 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Hear ye, Israel" - "Thus saith the Lord" - "I am He that comforteth"Stephen Doughty 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Be not afraid, saith God the Lord"Stephen Doughty 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "The Lord hath exalted thee"Stephen Doughty 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Woe to him! He shall perish!"Stephen Doughty 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Man of God, now let my words"Stephen Doughty 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "It is enough! O Lord, now take away my life"David Watkin 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "See, now he sleepeth beneath a juniper tree"Stephen Doughty0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Lift thine eyes to the mountains"Stephen Doughty 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "He, watching over Israel, slumbers not"Stephen Doughty 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Arise, Elijah"Stephen Doughty 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Oh rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him"Stephen Doughty 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "He that shall endure to the end"Stephen Doughty 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Night falleth round me! O Lord"Stephen Doughty 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Behold, God the Lord passed by!"Stephen Doughty 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Above Him stood the Seraphim" - "Holy, holy, holy"Stephen Doughty 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Go return upon thy way"Stephen Doughty 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "For the mountains shall depart"Stephen Doughty 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Then did Elijah the prophet break forth"Stephen Doughty 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Then shall the righteous shine"Stephen Doughty 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "Behold, God hath sent Elijah the prophet"Stephen Doughty 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "But the Lord from the north hath raised one"Stephen Doughty 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Part 2 - "And then shall your light break forth"Stephen Doughty 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Patricia Bardon, John Mark Ainsley, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, et al.
  • Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Conductor: Paul Daniel
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (October 14, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000042HI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mendelssohn (1809-1847) is a perennially underrated composer who finally may be coming to greater appreciation. Certainly this fine recording (in English) of a masterpiece that he believed joined the Jewish faith of his fathers with his own Protestant Christianity should not hurt his reputation. The superb Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel gives a dramatically charged performance in the title role, while soprano Renee Fleming sings with beauty and limpid understanding; the cast is almost uniformly strong. The Edinburgh Festival Chorus, directed by David Jones, sings with care and conviction, and Paul Daniel conducts his forces firmly. --Sarah Bryan Miller

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Standard. Period. April 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I've heard many fine performances of this, the Mendelssohn masterpiece, both live and recorded, and THIS recording is the quintessential presentation. I've heard this sung in German, and I've heard it sung in English. And, no matter which of the two this is sung in, there is no finer performance anywhere. From the opening, with Bryn Terfel bursting force with the most power I've heard from him to date, to the defeat of the prophets of Baal, to the plea for Israel, to the final praise of God by the children of Israel, this work never lets up. Regardless of the pitching of the instruments or how Mendelssohn would have heard it, there is no doubt in my mind that he most certainly would have been enthralled with Terfel's performance. Terfel is, no question, the best there is in the world of classical bass-baritones today. Renee Fleming delivers a magnificently gorgeous performance. John Mark Ainsley holds his own as well. I was particularly impressed with the work of Patricia Bardon, whom I'd never heard from before this recording. Paul Daniel is worth his salt, too. And, the cake, which all of the soloists and the conductor are the icing for, is the combination of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the Enlightenment Orchestra...these are simply wonderful! They are so dramatic, articulate, and involved. If one is in search of a recording of "ELIJAH" by which one wants to hear the way it was meant to be performed (with intensity, emotion, fervor, and energy), then THIS is THE recording to pursue.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dramatically Intense, Moving "Elijah" June 26, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Even if it is flawed, this is the kind of recording that reminds you why, exactly, Mendelssohn is in the Pantheon of great composers. To start, Bryn Terfel and Renee Fleming turn out some of the most sensitive, smart, deeply-felt singing I've heard in a long time. Fleming's Widow is palpably tearful -- sorrowfully when proclaiming that there's "no breath left" in her young son, then joyfully as he "reviveth." And her reading of "Hear Ye, Israel," is truly involved, and not simply sung as a bravura aria -- there's no doubt that God is present, powerful and "he that comforteth, ... will strengthen thee."
The passion, conviction and tenderness of Elijah comes out in brilliant relief as Terfel negotiates the virtuoso music of Part 1. Mendelssohn makes some serious dramatic and vocal demands: Elijah must be strong and tender as he heals the Widow's son; cruel and righteous as he confronts Ahab and the people of Israel to destroy the myth of Baal; gentle as he calls upon the lord to "shew these people that Thou art Lord God"; and, finally, after his prayers are answered, triumphant in the aria "Is Not His Word Like a Fire?" What's most astonishing is not only does Terfel deliver, but that he makes the drama so real -- he engages the music and the text head-on and, in so doing, engages the listener. This is what musical drama is all about.
Contralto Patricia Bardon and tenor John Mark Ainsley produce good performances, but don't pack the punch of Terfel or Fleming -- Ainsley's Obediah in Part 1 ("If with all your hearts ...") is a little strained at the top, and Bardon's "Oh Rest in the Lord" is a little too thickly nasal to seem truly angelic or comforting.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic recording of a awesome work! February 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Bryn Terfel gives a magnificent performance on this recording! His musicianship and sensitivity to things like phrasing, expression, sense of dynamics etc. is spine-tingling! I have heard many people sing this role (including Thomas Hampson and Thomas Allen, who also give great performances), but I think he is the best I have heard yet! Rene Fleming's performance is also-as always-very good. The tempos and overall interpretation by Daniel are very musical.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A prophetable experience April 27, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I've heard a lot of performances of Elijah, a well-crafted work that used to be more popular than it is these days, and this is an extremely good one. The musical direction is to the point, Fleming and Terfel are at their best, and the other soloists are extremely good. (Although I wonder if they originally tried to get an alto better-known than Patricia Bardon.) I'm also glad that there are enough soloists on hand: Mendelssohn asked for at least 8, and older recordings that make do with 4 (turning all octets into choruses, for instance) seriously distort his plan.
The pitch of the performance is a result of the use of period instruments and the tuning standard selected. There was no single pitch standard at this period, but the one selected is plausible and may be one heard by the composer. It is not a "transposition" or a distortion.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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My intent is not to repeat the comments from the 'excellent' reviews already present, but to warn others who may be contemplating the purchase of this Elijah set to ignore the two 1-star ratings; first, the sound recording and dynamics on these CDs are outstanding - I'm assuming that the one reviewer has either bad audio equipment or was unlucky to obtain bad discs (exchange them!); second, 'wrong key' downgrades the rating to one star! As already pointed out, this is a HIP adventure, and the tuning of the key used is just different - ignorance of this fact does not deserve an ignorant rating.

This is a worthy performance - did not receive a top rating in the Penguin guide (not sure why not after reading the comments?); in the 'Third Ear', the set did get a glorious review (unusual for that book); and finally, in the 'Rough Guide to Classical Music', this version is the one recommended. If you want to own an Elijah set, do not ignore this one as a possibility - Terfel & Fleming are superb and the period instrument orchestra outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A seldom heard work here realized to perfection
I have always loved this piece. Some of Mendelsshohn's most insightful music. Terfel is fantastic, as always.
Published 4 days ago by Book and Music Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars ... of the soloists was Bryn Terfel who is a favourite of mine - had...
First heard some of this when I turned on the radio one day - felt sure that one of the soloists was Bryn Terfel who is a favourite of mine - had to hunt around for a copy of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jacci simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars item as described
we want the piece performed in English and preferred Euro group interpretation. so we get different version to compare it.
Published 5 months ago by Mark Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rendition
Came in good order, and it goes well with my score for rehearsal purposes. Far preferable to another recording I have.
Published 14 months ago by Gary Pope-Sears
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful !
This is a magnificent recording - the best I ever expet to hear. Both Terfel and Fleming are outstanding - their performances
are both beautiful and very dramatic. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mary Lou Mckinley
5.0 out of 5 stars Elijah--Terfel, Fleming, Bardon, et al
Probably the finest recording of Elijah in recent years, this production brings together several of opera's outstanding performers at the height of their careers.
Published on December 14, 2010 by afellowjonesboy
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine, but hardly perfect, version of a slightly faded piece
I'm not sure that modern tastes accord "Elijah" the same status it enjoyed in its heyday amongst Victorian choral societies, although it is still a popular repertoire piece for... Read more
Published on June 4, 2010 by Ralph Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!
The CD set is wonderful! I am studying the score and the CD set has really helped out!!
Published on March 15, 2010 by Lydia J. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Long-sought classical item
Very pleased to obtain this excellent version of 'Elijah'. Did not think that any recent version existed.
Published on November 5, 2009 by Don Paterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Recording!!!
As other reviewers have noted, it might not be the best *total* performance of Elijah (although it's still VERY good).... Read more
Published on September 8, 2008 by M. Morgan
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