Chorale cantatas by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

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As early as his apprentice years with Zelter, Mendelssohn was often occupied with chorale settings, and his interest in the Lutheran hymn even remained unabated throughout his symphonies and oratorios. His intensive study of the works of Bach, occasioned by his revival of the St. Matthew Passion, led him to compose a series of cantatas on well-known hymn tunes for chorus, instruments and sometimes solo voices. These are a welcome addition, not only for church services.