Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 2 (Lobgesang) (HD)

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Felix Mendelssohn, de herontdekker van Bach, spiegelde zich in zijn Tweede Symfonie aan Beethovens Negende Symfonie: een lange orkestrale inleiding vormt de aanloop naar een grootschalige en feestelijke koorcompositie. ‘Lobgesang’ is volgens Mendelssohn een ‘universele lofzang op de woorden van de laatste psalm: Alles wat adem heeft, love de Heer’.

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Rosemary Joshua, sopraan
Rosanne van Sandwijk, sopraan
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The Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 52, commonly known as Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise), was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1840, along with the less-known Festgesang "Gutenberg Cantata", to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing.

The composer's description of the work was "A Symphony-Cantata on Words of the Holy Bible, for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra". It requires two sopranos and a tenor as soloists, along with a chorus and orchestra. It lasts almost twice as long as any of Mendelssohn's other four symphonies. 

Structurally, it consists of three purely orchestral movements followed by 11 movements for chorus and/or soloists and orchestra, and lasts approximately 65–70 minutes in total.

The English titles of the 11 vocal movements are:
All men, all things, all that have life and breath
Praise ye the Lord O ye Spirit
Sing ye Praise
All ye that cried unto the Lord
I waited for the Lord
The Shadows of Death
The Night is Departing
Let all men praise the Lord
My song shall be always Thy Mercy
Ye nations, offer to the Lord.

The symphony is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, two cornets, three trombones, timpani, chorus, organ and strings.
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