The acts of Martin Luther, now half a millennium ago, marked the beginning of the Reformation Movement. The results were profound and far-reaching, with influenced society, politics, and the arts for centuries, and are still being felt today. Next month marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, and is being honored with two rich CDs by Harmonia mundi.
The first of these features the Choir of Clare College, presenting Bach’s two great Reformation cantatas, along with other chorale-based works by Brahms, Vaughan Williams, and Felix Mendelssohn.
Mendelssohn was also inspired to write his “Reformation Symphony”, Symphony #5, which is featured on the second CD from Harmonia mundi. This CD also has his Hebrides Overture, and the popular Violin Concerto in E Minor, his last large orchestral work.
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