Just as Bach had done in the opening chorus of the Matthäus-Passion, Mendelssohn also makes use of a chorale melody Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme in the overture to ‘St Paul’. Following a fugal build-up of tension in a moderate tempo, the movement begins to quicken. Paulus, Gundula Janowitz, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Theo Adam, conducted by Kurt Masur (CD - Philips, December 1986) Mendelssohn St. Paul, Premier English Version, Briarwood Church Choir and Alabama Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Clay Campbell, (Double CD - May 2005) Felix Mendelssohn, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Hartmut Schmidt, Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, Helen Donath, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hanna Schwarz, Werner Hollweg, Wuppertaler Kurrende Boys' Choir - Mendelssohn - Paulus - Amazon.com Music Aug 10, 2009 · Yesterday I had the privilege of singing the tenor role in Mendelssohn's Paulus, op. 36, "An Oratorio, the Words Selected from the Holy Scriptures." Paulus was written between 1834 (when its composer was 25) and 1836, when it premiered to great acclaim throughout Germany and England, before traveling across Europe to Russia and abroad to the U.S.