Classical album review: Mendelssohn, Symphony No 2 "Lobgesang" – NSO/de Vriend (Challenge)

Two highly sympathetic soprano soloists (Judith van Wanroij and Machteld Baumans) and the warm chorales and clean fugal entries of the Consensus Vocalis choir make a persuasive argument for Jan Willem de Vriend's recording of "Lobgesang".

And though the strings lack crispness and tenor Patrick Henckens sounds under the weather (and the note), this first volume in de Vriend's Symphony Cycle is realised with great style and affection.