From the bible to sheetmusic
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) set the Bible story of Elias to music. It is a compelling piece, with impressive choruses, intimate arias and stirring duets.
Israel is at an all time low in its history. King Ahab marries the Phoenician princess Jezebel and seeks salvation with the god Baal. Then the prophet Elias appears. Elias proclaims a great drought will come as punishment from Yahweh, the god of Israel. It comes to a confrontation between the priests of Baal and Yahweh. The sacrifice for Yahweh is lit with heavenly fire. Elias orders the priests of Baal killed. Then he himself must fear for his life, and near Mount Horeb he flees into the Sinai Desert. In the end a divine chariot appears and causes a whirlwind, lifting Elias up into heaven.
Hoofdstadkoor (Amsterdam Capital City Choir) - Residentiekoor (Residence Choir)
Martin van der Brugge - conductor
Kaiyi Min - soprano - Alison Metternich - contralto - Ben Heijnen - tenor - Marijn Zwitserlood - bass