Mendelssohn: Elijah, 1846


At the time of its first performances in 1846, Elijah was hailed as one of the great oratorios alongside Handel’s Messiah. It tells the story of the prophet with imposing grandeur, inspirational orchestration and beautiful arias, recitatives and choruses. This mighty piece requires mighty orchestral and choir forces and Gabrieli singers are reinforced with talented young singers from the Gabrieli Young Singers’ Scheme and the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir. This recording sees over 440 musicians taking part, including 92 string players and over 300 singers.

The musical milieu is still Victorian but, rather like the cleaned-up Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, it gleams anew and radiates light. … a definite first choice – The Telegraph

In all this is staggeringly good. Approaching the work in this way fills a gap which I didn’t even realise was there, but now I’ve heard it I think it will be first choice for a while to come. Thoroughly recommended – Presto Classical

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Paul McCreesh

Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir

Gabrieli Young Singers’ Scheme

Gabrieli Consort & Players

Rosemary Joshua soprano

Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano

Robert Murray tenor

Simon Keenlyside bass

Jonty Ward treble

RELEASE DATE: 27/08/2012
BARCODE: 635212030028


Elijah, Part One


Elijah, Part Two

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