Mendelssohn - Elijah (Radio Filharmonisch Orkest en Groot Omroepkoor)

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Mendelssohn: Elias - Radio Filharmonisch Orkest en Groot Omroepkoor - Live concert HD

Het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest en Groot Omroepkoor o.l.v. Marcus Creed spelen het grootse oratorium 'Elias' van Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

Op het programma:
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Elias

De uitvoerenden:
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest en Groot Omroepkoor o.l.v. Marcus Creed
Valentina Farcas [sopraan]
Maria Valdmaa [sopraan]
Paula Murrihy [mezzosopraan]
Sebastian Kohlhepp [tenor]
André Morsch [bariton]

Opname: het AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert van vrijdag 23 december 2016, in TivoliVredenburg te Utrecht.

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Elijah (German: Elias), Op. 70, MWV A 25, is an oratorio written by Felix Mendelssohn. It premiered in 1846 at the Birmingham Festival. It depicts events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah, taken from the books 1 Kings and 2 Kings of the Old Testament.

This piece was composed in the spirit of Mendelssohn's Baroque predecessors Bach and Handel, whose music he loved. In 1829 Mendelssohn had organized the first performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion since the composer's death and was instrumental in bringing this and other Bach works to widespread popularity. By contrast, Handel's oratorios never went out of fashion in England. Mendelssohn prepared a scholarly edition of some of Handel's oratorios for publication in London. Elijah is modelled on the oratorios of these two Baroque masters; however, in its lyricism and use of orchestral and choral colour the style clearly reflects Mendelssohn's own genius as an early Romantic composer.

Mendelssohn uses Biblical episodes relating to Elijah, which in the original, 1 Kings 17:19 and 2 Kings 2:1, are narrated in rather laconic form, to produce intensely dramatic scenes, by adding several related biblical texts, mostly taken from the Old Testament. These were doubtless well fitted to the taste of Mendelssohn's time, and a Victorian sentimentality also seems detectable in places.

Among the episodes is the resurrection of a dead youth. A dramatic episode is the contest of the gods, in which Jehovah consumes an offered sacrifice in a column of fire, while a sequence of increasingly frantic prayers by the prophets of the god Baal failed. Part I is concluded by the bringing of rain to parched Israel through Elijah's prayers. Part II depicts the prosecution of Elijah by the Queen, his retirement to the desert, his vision of God appearing, his return to his work, and his ascension on a fiery chariot into heaven. The work ends with prophecies and praise.
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