(featuring The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the redoubtable Sir Malcolm Sargent, with The Royal Choral Society, and the following principal singers : soprano Elizabeth Harwood ; contralto Marjorie Thomas ; tenor Richard Lewis ; and, bass John Shirley-Quirk)
The oratorio "Elijah" had no commission ; it was merely that Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) wished to follow-up his successful previous oratorio, "Saint Paul" (premiered almost exactly a decade earlier), with a second and perhaps more expressive achievement in the same field.
"Elijah" was, for many critics, the "last sunburst" of Mendelssohn's genius. However it's runaway success, following the premiere in Birmingham in August 1846, may have strangely enough been the death warrant for the debilitated, 37-year-old German composer, as he refused to rest, despite warnings from his wife ; he replied to her, that he would rest at the age of forty - an age he would never live to ...
Side One : Highlights from "Elijah", by Mendelssohn :-
1) Introduction : i) As God the Lord of Israel Liveth ii) (chorus:) Help, Lord! iii) (recit:) Ye People, Rend your Hearts iv) (air:) If with all your Hearts v) (recit:) Call First upon your God vi) (double chorus:) Baal, we Cry to thee vii) (chorus:) Take all the Prophets of Baal viii) (air:) Is not his Word like a Fire?
2) i) (air:) Hear ye, Israel ii) (chorus:) Be not Afraid.
Side Two : Highlights "Elijah" (conclusion) :-
i) (recit:) Tarry here, my Servant ii) (air:) It is Enough iii) (recit:) See, now he Sleepeth iv) (trio:) Lift thine Eyes v) (recit:) Arise, Elijah! vi) O Rest in the Lord vii) (recit:) Arise, Now! viii) (chorus:) Behold! God the Lord Passed by! ix) (air:) Then Shall the Righteous Shine Forth x) (chorus) And then, Shall your Light Break Forth.
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) VG+/VG.