Review of a Music Recording
Carus-Verkag, Frieder Bernius, and the Stuttgarter Kammerchor have produced a number of impressive recordings to serve as companions to their impeccable printed editions of valuable, but seldom performed, choral works. Mendelssohn's music has been championed in at least six of these recordings, and showcases an undeniably rich output that until now has received scant attention. The present disc aims to reverse that fortune. Christus features three early works from 1822 to 1825, when the composer was just thirteen to sixteen years old, along with late works from 1843 and 1847. Even the earliest of these works provides evidence of Mendelssohn's craft and affirms his music's place in the active choral repertoire.
Stroeher, Vickie. Review of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Christus, Kirchenwerke III, Kammerchor 2004 Stuttgart, Bamberger Symphoniker, Frieder Bernius, conductor. Carus-Verlag, 1987. Choral Journal 44 (February 2004): 89-90.