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    A recent recording by Frieder Bernius with Stuttgart forces, on the Carus label, is excellent. You can get it on its own, but it's economically coupled with Mendelssohn's other oratorios (Paulus and fragments of Christus) in a box set issued this year. I can also recommend a set of Mendelssohn's complete sacred choral music (minus the oratorios) from the same team; well worth exploring.

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    Interesting that the text of Elijah was originally in German but the first performance took place in English. It seems to be one of those oratorios which fits well in either English or German. Like Haydn's creation. The version by McCreesh is very good indeed although he perhaps could've done with less singers to make a recording. It was no doubt very impressive in the Albert Hall but on a disk it is a case of diminishing returns with the more singers you have.

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    Just listening to 'Cast thy burden upon the Lord' - beautiful music and spiritual refreshment at the same time!

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    I just recently discovered the Elijah oratorio. It will be preformed in February 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and I will be attending, so I picked up this set:
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    I am not sure what is meant in some of the comments about Elijah being "uneven." It is a great work with plenty of drama and would be quite nice if it were produced as an opera. I don't think anything would have to change to make it an opera of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I am not sure what is meant in some of the comments about Elijah being "uneven." It is a great work with plenty of drama and would be quite nice if it were produced as an opera. I don't think anything would have to change to make it an opera of it.
    Hardly anyone interested Florestan, that says it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Hardly anyone interested Florestan, that says it all.
    Well, it won't stop me from enjoying it. And if I had Donald Trump's money (or Bill Gates' money) I would pay an opera company to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    I am not sure what is meant in some of the comments about Elijah being "uneven." It is a great work with plenty of drama and would be quite nice if it were produced as an opera. I don't think anything would have to change to make it an opera of it.
    IMO, Part 2 isn't worth listening to after "Behold God the Lord Passes By."

    I agree that it could and should be performed as an opera.

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