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Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Klemperer, Baker, Harper, Philharmonia Orchestra


Release Date: 04/15/2016 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 554931  
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerHeather Harper
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia Chorus

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Excerpt of a review from an earlier CD release:

This 1960 performance is a classic among the classics, and there is little need to emphasize their qualities. Otto Klemperer conducts the incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream with an audible keenness for this magic music. The Maestro’s natural aptitude for orchestral balance certainly allows the listener to taste every bit of Mendelssohn’s fairy orchestration, as in the vivid Scherzo or the delicate anxiety of the Intermezzo. Heather Harper and Janet Baker are irresistible in the sung episodes, and so is the Philharmonia Chorus.

– ClassicsToday


Excerpt of a review from an earlier CD release:

This 1960 performance is a classic among the classics, and there is little need to emphasize their qualities. Otto Klemperer conducts the incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream with an audible keenness for this magic music. The Maestro’s natural aptitude for orchestral balance certainly allows the listener to taste every bit of Mendelssohn’s fairy orchestration, as in the vivid Scherzo or the delicate anxiety of the Intermezzo. Heather Harper and Janet Baker are irresistible in the sung episodes, and so is the Philharmonia Chorus.

– ClassicsToday Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E major Op. 21 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Germany 
2.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Soprano), Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 

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