These cantatas, although relatively disregarded by the overly selfcritical composer and consequently only published in the 1970s and 80s, demonstrate Mendelssohns ability to strike a pleasing and impressive balance between the two extremes of this debate. The pieces are certainly not utility music intended merely to serve a specific purpose within a church service; but neither do they cast off the liturgical framework in the manner of Beethovens Ninth or Mendelssohns Reformation Symphony. Each one succeeds in having its own captivating effect capable of transporting the listener. The Psalm Cantatas are performed here by the Chamber Choir of Europe who, among numerous other feats, have already recorded the complete sacred choral works of both Mozart and Mendelssohn. They are led by Nicol Matt, a specialist in church music who has had several releases on Brilliant Classics and sold over eight million CDs worldwide.
Isabell Müller-Cant & Petra Labitzke, sopranos - Daniel Sans & Gerhard Nennemann, ténors - Manfred Bittner & Christof Fischesser, basses - Chamber Choir of Europe - Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen - Nicol Matt, direction