The present recording honors three important composers celebrating major anniversaries in 2009: Handel, Mendelssohn and Haydn. George Frideric Handel’s Dettinger Te Deum is presented here not in its original version, but rather in an arrangement by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, who rendered outstanding service to music not only through the revival of Bach’s choral works, but also through those of Handel. In addition, The Storm, the little-known choral work by Joseph Haydn, is also to be heard here. He composed it during his first visit to England and later arranged it for a large ensemble. The CD is rounded off with an homage by Luigi Cherubini to Joseph Haydn, which he had composed as a result of the mistaken report in 1805 of Haydn’s death. The piece was first performed after Haydn had died. Nicholas McGegan conducts these performances with renowned soloists, the FestspielOrchester Göttingen and the NDR Chor (North German Radio Choir).
- Nicholas McGegan Personal details
Soloist - soprano
- Dominique Labelle Personal details
Soloist - bass
- William Berger Personal details
[...] Seine Deutung bewegt sich sehr schön ausgeglichen zwischen Feierlichkeit und Intimität. So bleibt die musikalische Spannung stets erhalten, gefördert durch einen beweglichen und transparenten Chor- und Orchesterklang. [...]