Mendelssohn: Christus. Part I: The Birth of Christ. carus music

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy


Oratorio fragament. Part I: The Birth of Christ; Part II: The Passion of Christ

MWV A 26, 1847


The Birth of Christ and The Passion of Christ are two fragments of an oratorio, which Mendelssohn was not able to complete.  The Birth of Christ concentrates on a four-part choral section, introduced by two short sections for soloists. The choral movement has a great arc of tension and combines quite different stylistic gestures. To show the soft, flowing beginning and the drama of the second section to best advantage ("und wird zerschmettern Fürsten und Städte" / "and dash to pieces princes and nations"), the singers need to be secure in every note.

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Performers: Dorothea Rieger (soprano), Monika Meier-Schmid (soprano), Isolde Assenheimer (alto), Mechthild Seitz (alto), Stephan Dürr (tenore), Bernhard Scheffel (tenore), Johannes Happel (baritone), Cornelius Hauptmann (basso), Adolph Seidel (basso) – Kammerchor Stuttgart, Bamberger Symphoniker – Frieder Bernius


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Frieder Bernius Personal details


Bamberger Symphoniker Personal details

Soloist - soprano

Monika Meier-Schmid Personal details
Dorothea Rieger Personal details

Soloist - alto

Isolde Assenheimer Personal details
Mechthild Seitz Personal details

Soloist - tenor

Stefan Dörr Personal details
Bernhard Scheffel Personal details
Christoph Prégardien Personal details

Soloist - baritone

Johannes Happel Personal details

Soloist - bass

Adolph Seidel Personal details
Cornelius Hauptmann Personal details


Kammerchor Stuttgart Personal details


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Personal details