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Mendelssohn: String Symphonies Vol 3 / Ward, Northern Co


Release Date: 08/05/1997 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553163   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With this third volume (the first two were reviewed in 12/96), Nicholas Ward and the Northern Chamber Orchestra complete their series of Mendelssohn’s youthful string symphonies, joining others who include the Hanover Band (RCA), the Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam (BIS, 6/94, 9/95 and 11/96), the Concerto Cologne, the English String Orchestra (Nimbus, 3/89) and the London Festival Orchestra (Hyperion, 12/91). Once completely unknown outside the library, these delightful and in many ways enterprising works have been a natural draw to string orchestras, and since they demand plenty in the way of instrumental skill and liveliness but, really, little in the way of interpretative subtlety, it is unsurprising that there is not a great deal to choose Read more between the different versions. In some of the earlier symphonies, Ward seemed to be setting unnecessarily fast tempos, which did not over-tax his players but which sometimes left the music too little time to breathe. There is no suggestion of this here: the Allegro molto finales of Nos. 11 and 12 speed along with a lively spring, but with plenty of air in the rhythms. Other tempos are nicely chosen, such as that of the Swiss song in No. 11, and Ward pays agreeable attention to the niceties of scoring which were absorbing the young Mendelssohn. There is plenty to enjoy here, and in the whole of his set. Roy Goodman’s Hanover Band have a particular brightness and charm, though their set is at full price. It also includes, as does Ward’s and that of the Concerto Cologne, the Thirteenth Symphony, the so-called Sinfoniesatz.

John Warrack, Gramophone [Awards Issue 1997]
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony for Strings no 10 in B minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2. Symphony for Strings no 11 in F major by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 38 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3. Symphony for Strings no 12 in G minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 21 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4. Symphony for Strings no 13 in C minor "Symphoniesatz" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 7 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sinfonia No. 10 in B minor: Adagio - Allegro
Sinfonia No. 11 in F major: I. Adagio - Allegro molto
Sinfonia No. 11 in F major: II. Scherzo: comodo (Schweizerlied)
Sinfonia No. 11 in F major: III. Adagio
Sinfonia No. 11 in F major: IV. Menuetto: Allegro moderato
Sinfonia No. 11 in F major: V. Allegro molto
Sinfonia No. 12 in G minor, "Fuga": I. Fuga: Grave - Allegro
Sinfonia No. 12 in G minor, "Fuga": II. Andante
Sinfonia No. 12 in G minor, "Fuga": III. Allegro molto
Sinfonia No. 13 in C major: Grave - Allegro molto

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