Kirill Petrenko (photo: Monika Rittershaus)

Kirill Petrenko conducts Mendelssohn’s “Elias”

“Strong, zealous and, yes, even bad-tempered, angry and brooding” – that is how Felix Mendelssohn envisioned the biblical prophet Elijah, the protagonist of his oratorio of the same name. The composer dramatically portrays a man who struggles to bring the people back to the true faith – in vain, as he realizes in the end. Moving arias and vocal scenes as well as powerful choral writing make Mendelssohn’s oratorio one of the greatest religious works of the Romantic period. The outstanding baritone Christian Gerhaher will be heard as Elijah, conducted by Kirill Petrenko.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Elsa Dreisig soprano

Wiebke Lehmkuhl contralto

Daniel Behle tenor

Christian Gerhaher bass

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Elijah, Oratorio, op. 70

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Kirill Petrenko (photo: Monika Rittershaus)

Christian Gerhaher (photo: Sony Classical / Gregor Hohenberg)