Paul McCreesh recreates an historic performance
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.'
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'