Herbert Blomstedt conducts Bach and Mendelssohn
Penny Gore introduces a performance by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Baltic Sea Festival of JS Bach's Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen and Mendelssohn's Lobgesang.
The Baltic Sea Festival.
Penny Gore this week introduces performances by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir. Today the nonogenarian, Herbert Blomstedt, conducts a joyous solo cantata by Bach and Mendelssohn's Lobgesang. Also today and all this week, there are recordings made at Stockholm's Baltic Sea Festival.
Bach wrote most of his cantatas in Leipzig. Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, with its jovial soprano and trumpet parts, really is true to its title: Shout for joy to God in all lands. Over a century later in the same city, Mendelssohn wrote Lobgesang, another work teeming with infectious joy, for the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing. The Herbert Blomstedt, yet another former Leipzig resident, puts all of his experience and skill to realizing this optimistic, life-affirming music. Late in the week, there's music by Zemlinsky, the complete Vespers by Rachmaninov and music by the Swede Hugo Alfven and a hommage to Jenny Linde,'the Swedish Nightingale.'
Bach: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, cantata
Simona Houda-Šaturová (soprano), Gianluca Calise (piccolo trumpet),
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 in B flat, op. 52 ('Lobgesang')
Simona Houda-Šaturová (soprano), Marie Henriette Reinhold (mezzo-soprano), Tilman Lichdi (tenor),
Swedish Radio Choir and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)
Arvo Part: L'Abbé Agathon
Maria Listra (soprano), Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste (conductor)
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D, K. 504 ('Prague')
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ryan Bancroft (conductor)