Joseph Haydn, Mass in b-flat major and Felix Mendelssohn, Psalm 42 & Choruses from Elijah

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Joseph Haydn, Mass in b-flat major and Felix Mendelssohn, Psalm 42 & Choruses from Elijah

Haydn’s Mass (also known as Harmoniemesse) was his last major work. This composition is famous for its opulent orchestration, with a full range of wind instruments adding splendor to the sound of the strings. In our performance, choral settings from Mendelssohn’s Elijah will be interspersed in the Mass, as commentaries on the mass text.  Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, “Wie der Hirsch schreiet” (“As Pants the Hart”), is composed for orchestra, soprano solo, and choir. The intense emotion of this cantata expresses the fervor of the Psalmist David’s spiritual longings. Robert Schumann considered this setting of Psalm 42 to be the finest piece of sacred music Mendelssohn ever created. The Chorale is delighted to welcome back soloists Solmaaz Adeli (mezzo soprano) Andrew Scott Carter (tenor), and Chad Runyon (bass) and is looking forward to singing for the first time with Jennifer Paulino (soprano). Also sharing in the musical fare of the day will be our friends from the Monterey Bay Sinfonietta, in their fullest formation to date, including strings, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, flutes, trumpets, horns, percussion and harpsichord. Get ready for a wonderful musical journey!