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Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 4, Etc / Karajan, Berlin Po


Release Date: 08/12/1997 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 449743   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Karajan’s Scottish Symphony is so plausible that criticism may seem pedantic. It is a performance with many beautiful things, but lacking a distinct character: a computer, albeit a very sophisticated and tasteful one, might have generated it. The Italian Symphony supplies the missing ingredient: the human factor. Bows reassuringly slap on strings in a rattling opening movement. An unusually slow third movement deftly alters the balance of the Symphony in a performance which ranks with the best.

-- Christopher Wood, BBC Music Magazine
Karajan’s Scottish Symphony is so plausible that criticism may seem pedantic. It is a performance with many beautiful things, but lacking a distinct character: a computer, albeit a very sophisticated and tasteful one, might have generated it. The Italian Symphony supplies the missing ingredient: the human factor. Bows reassuringly slap on strings in a rattling opening movement. An unusually slow third movement deftly alters the balance of the Symphony in a performance which ranks with the best.

-- Christopher Wood, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
2. Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
3. Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 

Sound Samples

The Hebrides, Op.26 (Fingal's Cave)
Symphony No.3 In A Minor, Op.56 - "Scottish": 1. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai animato - Andante come prima
Symphony No.3 In A Minor, Op.56 - "Scottish": 2. Vivace non troppo
Symphony No.3 In A Minor, Op.56 - "Scottish": 3. Adagio
Symphony No.3 In A Minor, Op.56 - "Scottish": 4. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai
Symphony No.4 In A, Op.90 - "Italian": 1. Allegro vivace
Symphony No.4 In A, Op.90 - "Italian": 2. Andante con moto
Symphony No.4 In A, Op.90 - "Italian": 3. Con moto moderato
Symphony No.4 In A, Op.90 - "Italian": 4. Saltarello (Presto)

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