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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 / Gardiner, London Symphony


Release Date: 09/09/2016 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 0769   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the greatest musical leaders of our day. His Mendelssohn cycle on LSO Live has won multiple awards, and the series showcases his enlightened interpretation and his period performance expertise, even having the musicians stand to play. On the period performance practices of the concerts from which these recordings are taken, Gardiner notes: “it gives a different type of dynamism and energy… it means that the fiddles are freer in the way that they attack the extremely virtuosic lines and it gives a tremendous sense of occasion to the music making.” Mendelssohn’s First Symphony is presented here with both the original and revised versions of
Read more the third movement. It is paired with the Fourth Symphony, which was inspired by the atmosphere of Italy, and is among the most loved of Mendelssohn’s works. The composer himself called it “the jolliest piece I’ve written so far.” Reviews of this concert were extraordinary. “The performance of Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony No. 4 was like a joyous high-speed rail journey around the country, taking in sun-soaked landscapes, an upbeat pilgrim’s march, and a scalding saltarello that truly felt like a dance to the death.” (The Financial Times) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
Notes: Includes both the 1829 "London" and 1824 "original" versions of the third movement 
2.
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 

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