Mendelssohn: Elijah

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Album 1
1 Part I: Introduction: So wahr der Herr, der Gott Israels lebet (Elijah) 1:02 96/24 Album only
2 Part I: Overture 3:16 96/24 Album only
3 Part I: Hilf, Herr! Hilf, Herr! (People) 4:26 96/24 Album only
4 Part I: Herr, hore unser Gebet! (People, 2 Women) 2:08 96/24 Album only
5 Part I: Recitative: Zerreisset eure Herzen (Obadiah) 0:50 96/24 Album only
6 Part I: Aria: So ihr mich von ganzem Herzen suchet (Obadiah) 2:19 96/24 Album only
7 Part I: Aber der Herr sieht es nicht, er spottet unser! (People) 4:20 96/24 Album only
8 Part I: Recitative: Elias, gehe weg von hinnen (Angel) 12:49 96/24 Album only
9 Part I: Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen uber dir (Angels) 4:18 96/24 Album only
10 Part I: Was hast du an mir getan, du Mann Gottes! (Widow, Elijah) 6:35 96/24 Album only
11 Part I: Wohl dem, der den Herrn furchtet (People) 3:03 96/24 Album only
12 Part I: Recitative: So wahr der Herr Zebaoth lebet (Elijah, Ahab, People) 4:01 96/24 Album only
13 Part I: Baal, erhore uns! (Prophets of Baal) 3:36 96/24 Album only
14 Part I: Recitative: Rufet lauter! (Elijah, Prophets of Baal) 12:58 96/24 Album only
15 Part I: Recitative: Rufet lauter! Er hort euch nicht! (Elijah, Prophets of Baal) 2:00 96/24 Album only
16 Part I: Aria: Herr Gott Abrahams, Isaaks und Israels (Elijah) 3:43 96/24 Album only
17 Part I: Wirf dein Anliegen auf den Herrn (Angels) 1:38 96/24 Album only
18 Part I: Recitative: Der du deine Diener machst zu Geistern (Elijah, People) 3:02 96/24 Album only
19 Part I: Aria: Ist nicht des Herrn Wort wie ein Feuer (Elijah) 2:09 96/24 Album only
20 Part I: Arioso: Weh ihnen, dass sie von mir weichen! (Alto) 2:41 96/24 Album only
21 Part I: Recitative: Hilf deinem Volk, du Mann Gottes! (Obadiah, Elijah, People, Child) 6:14 96/24 Album only
22 Part I: Dank sei dir, Gott (People) 3:54 96/24 Album only
Album 2
1 Part II: Aria: Hore, Israel, hore des Herrn Stimme! (Soprano) - Recitative: So spricht der Herr (Soprano) - Aria: Ich bin euer Troster (Soprano) 5:49 96/24 Album only
2 Part II: Furchte dich nicht, spricht unser Gott (Chorus) 4:41 96/24 Album only
3 Part II: Recitative: Der Herr hat dich erhoben aus dem Volk (Elijah, Queen, Chorus) 3:35 96/24 Album only
4 Part II: Wehe ihm, er muss sterben! (People) 1:42 96/24 Album only
5 Part II: Recitative: Du Mann Gottes (Obadiah, Elijah) 2:26 96/24 Album only
6 Part II: Aria: Es ist genug! (Elijah) 5:25 96/24 Album only
7 Part II: Recitative: Siehe, er schlaft under dem Wacholoder in der Wuste (Tenor) 0:45 96/24 Album only
8 Part II: Trio: Hebe deine Augen auf zu den Bergen (Angels) 1:57 96/24 Album only
9 Part II: Siehe, der Huter Israels schlaft noch schlummert nicht (Chorus) 3:17 96/24 Album only
10 Part II: Stehe auf, Elias (Angel, Elijah) 1:59 96/24 Album only
11 Part II: Aria: Sei stille dem Herrn und warte auf ihn (Angel) 3:13 96/24 Album only
12 Part II: Wer bis ans Ende beharrt, der wird selig (Chorus) 2:43 96/24 Album only
13 Part II: Recitative: Herr, es wird Nacht um mich (Elijah, Angel) 1:51 96/24 Album only
14 Part II: Der Herr ging voruber (Chorus) 4:17 96/24 Album only
15 Part II: Recitative: Seraphim standen uber ihm (Alto) - Quartet: Heilig, heilig, heilig ist Gott (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus) 3:23 96/24 Album only
16 Part II: Gehe wiederum hinab! (Chorus, Elijah) 1:25 96/24 Album only
17 Part II: Arioso: Ja, es sollen wohl Berge weichen und Hugel hinfallen (Elijah) 2:22 96/24 Album only
18 Part II: Und der Prophet Elias brach hervor wie ein Feuer (Chorus) 2:31 96/24 Album only
19 Part II: Aria: Dann werden die Gerechten leuchten wie die Sonne in ihres Vaters Reich (Tenor) 2:33 96/24 Album only
20 Part II: Recitative: Darum ward gesendet der Prophet Elias (Soprano) 1:16 96/24 Album only
21 Part II: Aber einer erwacht von Mitternacht (Chorus) 3:18 96/24 Album only
22 Part II: Quartet: Wohlan, alle die ihr durstig seid (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) 3:29 96/24 Album only
23 Part II: Alsdann wird euer Licht hervorbrechen (Chorus) 4:51 96/24 Album only

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)

Peter Lika, bass (Elijah)
Heidi Elisabeth Meier, soprano (Widow, Angel)
Jolantha Michalska -Taliaferro, alto (Queen, Angel)
Hans Peter Blochwitz, tenor (Obadjah, Ahab)
Maulbronn Cantor Choir / Kantorei Maulbronn, choir
Members of the SWR, symphony orchestra
Baden-Baden & Freiburg, orchestra
Jurgen Budday, conductor

Mendelssohn's Elijah, one of the most important oratorios of the nineteenth century, premiered in Birmingham in 1846 and was emphatically celebrated both by the public and the press. According to a contemporary review, Mendelssohn turned music "into a grand sacred service". Elijah is a biblical figure, and consequently the libretto is composed entirely from biblical texts. The oratorio lacks a continuous plot. Rather, important excerpts from the life of the prophet are strung together like snapshots, some of which are highly dramatic.

The prophet's ascension into heaven concludes a series of powerful, dramatic and pathetic circumstances, effectively depicted by Mendelssohn music. The oratorio ends both with a somewhat mystical reference to the Messiah as the figure who truly consummates faith and the divine work, as well as a vision of divine grandeur. 

A concert-recording from the minster at abbey Maulbronn from May 17 & 18, 2003.