Notes and Editorial Reviews
It seems remarkable that Andre Previn should choose to re-record Mendelssohn's incidental music and yet offer it relatively incomplete, when his EMI disc includes all the little melodramas which join up the main set pieces and makes them seem essential. Clearly this new version is intended for the international market, for ''You spotted snakes'' is sung, and very charmingly so, in German, by the two fresh-timbred soloists, Eva Lind and Christine Cairns... Previn and the VPO are at their finest in the Scherzo, which is delightfully neat, and in the following ''Fairies' March'' and the ''Intermezzo'', all very spry and showing much affection from players and conductor alike... The sound is good—the ''Wedding March'' suitably expansive and
detail transparent without loss of bloom... The recording is first rate, naturally balanced, full and clear with the voices and chorus in believable perspective.
-- Ivan March, Gramophone [6/1987]
Works on This Recording
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 by Felix Mendelssohn
Christine Cairns (Mezzo Soprano),
Eva Lind (Soprano)
Vienna Youth Chorus,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1842; Germany
Length: 47 Minutes 0 Secs.
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