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Here are choral works by a teenaged Felix Mendelssohn, including large-scale settings of the Magnificat and Gloria, along with some shorter works. The influences of Bach and Haydn are evident in the early work of the composer, who would go on to write Elijah and St. Paul.

A series of recordings have come out of Gardiner’s 2000 Bach Cantata Pilgrimage. These are vital, energetic performances, recorded at historic sites, and the discs are accompanied by thorough and entertaining notes written by Sir John himself. (The complete series is available at


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