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Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Christina Landshamer, soprano
Martina Janková, soprano
Julian Prégardien, tenor
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Concert Details

In 1840, festivities took place throughout Germany to celebrate the quadricentennial of Gutenberg’s invention of printing, and this composition by Mendelssohn was premiered as the grand culmination of these festivities.  Mendelssohn called his Lobgesang [Hymn of Praise] a “symphony-cantata after words of the Holy Bible.” Robert Schuman attended the premiere and, comparing it to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy wrote, “the work was enthusiastically received, and its choral numbers especially must be counted among the master’s freshest and most delightful creations.”

At a Glance
KRENEK - Static and Ecstatic [Statisch und ekstatisch]
MENDELSSOHN - Hymn of Praise [Lobgesang], Symphony No. 2

Please note: this concert will be recorded for possible future release.

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Pre-Concert Talks

Free Concert Preview:
"Cultural Misfits:  Mendelssohn the Convert and Krenek the Immigrant"
with guest speaker James Wilding,
    University of Akron

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