Mendelssohn: Motets, Psalms

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Mendelssohn's "Hear my prayer" (or, in its English adaptation known as "O for the wings of a dove") is a much loved piece of 'Victoriana', made famous by, among others, Master Ernest Lough. Often sung by boy sopranos, it is here performed by Felicity Palmer, traditionally a mezzo, but using the soprano register of her voice here. She is soloist with the Heinrich Schütz Choir and Chorale under Roger Norrington, on an Argo LP which also contains the Sechs Sprache (Six Aphorisms), a collection of short motets for particular days in the ecclesiastical year was written in 1845, the year in which Mendelssohn resumed directorship of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. The three sublime Psalms, Op. 73 are included (shared between the Heinrich Schütz and King's College choirs) as is the brief but touching