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Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol. 5 - Overtures / Gardner, CBSO


Release Date: 06/07/2019 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: CHSA 5235  
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Edward Gardner’s Mendelssohn in Birmingham series continues with a recording of Overtures. As with the previous volumes, a reduced size CBSO join Gardner in Birmingham Town’s Hall, where Mendelssohn himself conducted many of the UK premieres of his own orchestral works. The majority of works in the programme were written as concert overtures, spanning the length of Mendelssohn’s career from the early Midsummer Night’s Dream composed when he was just 16 though to ‘Ruy Blas’ written towards the end of his lifetime. Two of these overtures were written as the opening movements of larger works: ‘St Paul’, his first great Oratorio from 1836, and his overture to ‘Athalie’, incidental music written for Racine’s play. The Trumpet Overture is the Read more earliest work here, written possibly to precede a performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and allegedly Mendelssohn’s father’s favourite piece! Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Saint Paul, Op. 36: Overture by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
2.
Die schöne Melusine Overture, Op. 32 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
3.
Overture in C major, Op. 101 "Trumpet Overture" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826/1833; Germany 
4.
Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 
5.
Athalie, Op. 74: Overture by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
6.
Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E major Op. 21 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Germany 
7.
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, in D major Op. 27 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Germany 
8.
Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 

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