The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists Elizabeth Watts, Claudia Huckle, Allan Clayton and Johan Reuter, conducted by Sakari Oramo in this much-loved oratorio.
A superb cast of soloists joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for Mendelssohn’s great choral masterpiece of grandeur and soulfulness, his musical telling of the story of the prophet Elijah.
Both Felix Mendelssohn and Sakari Oramo have strong links to the city of Birmingham, which in 1846 saw the premiere of the composer's grand and spectacular musical telling of events from the life, death and ascension of the Old Testament prophet Elijah.
Mendelssohn's work is known for pomp and circumstance, doom and wrath, but this performance is sure to reaffirm Elijah as also a work of great tenderness, a final utterance which the composer considered his greatest achievement.
Presented by Martin Handley
Recorded at the Barbican on 7th February
1930 Part 1
2035 Part 2
Elizabeth Watts (soprano) Widow/Angel
Claudia Huckle (contralto) Angel/Queen
Allan Clayton (tenor) Obadiah/Ahab
Johan Reuter (bass-baritone) Elijah
Toby Davies (treble) Youth
BBC Symphony Chorus - Neil Ferris (chorus-master)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)