Mendelssohn's Elijah

Paul McCreesh recreates an historic performance

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Back in 1846, Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah was premiered to huge acclaim in Birmingham. In this recording Paul McCreesh aims to recreate this spectacular occasion with a choir of more than 300 voices, a 100-strong gut-string orchestra and a large wind and brass section including ophicleides and serpents.

In the November issue of BBC Music Magazine (on sale now) our critic Roger Nichols writes: 'Simon Keenlyside is an Elijah of spirit and intelligence… The gut strings bring splendid urgency to the texture.'

Mendelssohn
Elijah
Rosemary Joshua (soprano), Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Robert Murray (tenor), Simon Keenlyside (bass); Wrocław Philharmonic Choir; Gabrieli Young Singers Scheme; Gabrieli Consort and Players/Paul McCreesh
Winged Lion/Signum SIGCD 300 135:58 mins (2 discs)

Audio clip: from Chorus: 'Woe to Him, He Shall Perish'