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Mendelssohn's "Elijah," on Choral Masterworks

Gaelle Beri
Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Sunday at 9pm, it's Mendelssohn's masterpiece "Elijah." Acclaimed Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel sings the title role, with soprano Renee Fleming, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Paul Daniel.

Sunday, October 25, 2020
9:00 PM


Bryn Terfel: Elijah
Renee Fleming: The Widow, Soprano I
Patricia Bardon: An Angel, Contralto I
John Mark Ainsley: Obadiah, Tenor I
Libby Crabree: Soprano II
Sara Fulgoni: The Queen, Contralto II
John Bowen: Ahab, Tenor II
Neal Davies: Bass II
Geoffrey Moses: Bass III
Matthew Munro: The Boy

Edinburgh Festival Chorus (David Jones, chorus master)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Paul Daniel, conductor

Follow along with the English text of Mendelssohn's Elijah

For many of us, singing has been a source of comfort, community, and personal expression throughout our lives, in times of trouble and in times of celebration. But now, during this most troublesome time of COVID-19, singing has been acknowledged as an unsafe activity.  It’s a bitter irony that the very thing that would comfort us most – singing together – is the thing that is most dangerous!

That’s why we’re bringing you Sunday Night Choral Masterworks, Sundays at 9pm on WCRB. It’s our opportunity to share superb recordings of some of the greatest music ever composed for choir. These are the sounds that will ring in our ears, until we can raise our voices again!

Previously on Sunday Night Choral Masterworks:

  • Sunday, Aug. 2 - Bach's Mass in B minor, performed by Bach Collegium Japan, led by Masaaki Suzuki, with sopranos Carolyn Sampson and Rachel Nicholls, countertenor Robin Blaze, tenor Gerd Türk, and bass Peter Kooy
  • Sunday, Aug. 9 - Faure's Requiem, performed by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, led by Seiji Ozawa, with soprano Barbara Bonney and baritone Håkan Hagegård
  • Sunday, Aug. 16 - Handel's Solomon, performed by the Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus and Academy for Ancient Music Berlin, led by Daniel Reuss, with sopranos Carolyn Sampson and Susan Gritton, alto Sarah Connolly, tenor Mark Padmore, and bass David Wilson-Johnson
  • Sunday, Aug. 23 (at 7pm) - Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, performed by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, led by Andris Nelsons, with soprano Katie Van Kooten, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Russell Thomas, and bass-baritone John Relyea; part of a full week of broadcasts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Sunday, Aug. 30 - Mozart's "Coronation" Mass, performed by the Handel and Haydn Society, led by Harry Christophers, with soprano Teresa Wakim, mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy, tenor Thomas Cooley, and baritone Sumner Thompson
  • Sunday, Sep. 6 - Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem, performed by the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, led by Richard Hickox, with soprano Yvonne Kenny and baritone Bryn Terfel
  • Sunday, Sep. 13 - Mozart's "Great" Mass in C minor, performed by the Vienna State Opera Chorus and Concentus Musicus of Vienna, led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, with sopranos Krisztina Laki and Zsuzsanna Denes, tenor Kurt Equiluz, and bass Robert Holl.
  • Sunday, Sep. 20 - Haydn's oratorio "The Seasons," in a recording featuring the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, and the National Forum of Music Choir, conducted by Paul McCreesh.
  • Sunday, Sep. 27 - Vivaldi's "Gloria", a joyful hymn of praise composed in 1715 in Venice, with Harry Christophers conducting The Sixteen.
  • Sunday, Oct. 4 - Brahms's intensely personal "Song of Destiny," with Herbert Blomstedt conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
  • Sunday, Oct. 11 - Verdi’s thrilling Messa da Requiem, with Claudio Abbado, the Berlin Philharmonic, some of the finest choral singers in Europe, and a stunning cast of soloists.
  • Sunday, Oct. 18 -  Schubert's Mass in G Major, with conductor Robert Shaw, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and soloists Dawn Upshaw and David Gordon.
Alan McLellan is a host and producer for CRB.