Lobgesang de Mendelssohn

Gulbenkian Choir and Orchestra

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  • Conductor
  • Soprano
  • Soprano
  • Tenor

Ludwig van Beethoven

Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, op. 112

Felix Mendelssohn

Lobgesang, op. 52 

Duration: 85 minutes without intermission

After meeting Goethe in 1812, Beethoven was inspired by the writer’s literary work, for which he had a deep admiration, and based himself on it to create the majestic cantata for chorus and orchestra Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt. Mendelssohn also met Goethe very early on in his career – he also put some of his poems to music – and the writer declared that he was witnessing a prodigy comparable to Mozart. Mendelssohn’s creation would similarly be very permeable to his relationship with poetry, Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang, being one of the most notable examples.

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