For Your Listening Pleasure - Felix Mendelssohn Psalm 114

Felix Mendelssohn Psalm 114

Frieder Bernius

Frieder Bernius conducting the Kammerchor Stuttgart with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie (Carus 83.202) is taut and lean with bright tempi. Textures are very cleanly etched, and there is terrific flow and forward momentum to the phrasing. The orchestral introduction to the first Allegro (m. 88) is immaculately played—stunning!

Michel Corboz

Michel Corboz conducting the Choeur and Orchestre Gulbenkian de Lisbonne (Erato 4509-94359-2) is lush and expansive — "romantic". What this performance may lack in momentum, is more than made up for with a a sense of breath drama.