Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream (2017)

Mendelssohn

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir

Felix Mendelssohn was the grandson of the Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn and son of an influential German banker. Born into a privileged, upper middle-class family, as a boy he was encouraged to study the piano, taught to draw by his mother and became an accomplished linguist and classical scholar. In 1819 he began composition studies with Karl Friedrich Zelter. His family’s wealth allowed their home in Berlin to become a refuge for scholars, artists, writers and musicians. The philosopher Hegel and scientist Humboldt were among regular visitors, and members of the Court Orchestra and eminent soloists were available to perform the latest works by Felix or his older sister Fanny. Young Mendelssohn’s twelve string symphonies were first heard in the intimate setting of his father’s salon.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, one of the most versatile conductors of our time, is acknowledged as a key figure in the early music revival. Founder and artistic director of three ensembles – the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists, and the Orchestre R.volutionnaire et Romantique – he also appears regularly with Europe’s most important symphony orchestras, including the LSO, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Royal Concertgebouw, Czech Philharmonic, and the Orchestre National de France, as well as at the Royal Opera House (London), and La Fenice (Venice). The extent of Gardiner’s repertoire is illustrated by over 250 recordings he has made for major record companies, and by numerous international awards including Gramophone’s Special Achievement Award for live recordings of the complete church cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, released on the label Soli Deo Gloria (SDG) that he established in 2006. SDG’s catalogue now includes recordings of, among others, Bach’s St John Passion, Brandenburg Concertos, and complete Motets, a Brahms symphony cycle, and a cappella recordings with the Monteverdi Choir.

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Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream (2017)

Mendelssohn

London Symphony Orchestra

    The Sunday Times

Album of the Week: 'Gardiner hears this music through the prism of period instruments and conveys its magic with his outstanding choir and soloists.'

    Presto Classical

Disc of the Week: 'There's a real lightness of touch in the Overture, and I was delighted with the way that Gardiner manages to make familiar music sound fresh. He doesn't shy away from some of Mendelssohn's more imaginative touches of orchestration, and the moment where Mendelssohn employs huge leaps in the violins and clarinets to represent the braying of Bottom is pleasingly done.’

    BBC Music Magazine -

Orchestral choice: 'The interplay between spoken and instrumental sections is smoothly engineered and the young actors keep things moving. But it's Mendelssohn's lyricism that wins overall: how do you sum up nearly an hour's music with just a slow, high, softly descending E major scale? Genius.'

Roger Nichols

    Classical Music Magazine -

'[Sir John Eliot Gardiner] secures remarkable crisp, lithe playing - some pianissimos are simply breathtaking - and restores a handful of cuts to the familiar performance version. His choral stalwarts are on top form, as are three impressive young actors from the GMSD - their contributions are genuinely enjoyable, making this a most winning (and beautifully recorded, especially in HD) new version.'

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream (2017)

Mendelssohn

London Symphony Orchestra

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Mastering Engineer:Neil Hutchinson
Producer:Nickolas Parker
Recording Engineer:Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes
Recording location:Barbican Lodnon
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Overture
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Narration - 'Ay me! For aught that I could ever read'
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No 1 Scherzo
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No 2 L'istesso tempo
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No 2a Allegro vivace
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No 3 Lied mit Chor
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No 4 Andante
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No 5 Allegro appassionato
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No 7 Nocturne (Con moto tranquillo)
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No 8 Andante
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No 9 Hochzeitmarsch - Wedding March & No 12 Allegro vivace come primo
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Finale (Allegro di molto)
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