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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 

Customer Reviews

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 Italy & Scotland! March 31, 2015 By gwen t. (Culver City, CA) See All My Reviews "Love the Fingal's Cave and the Italian Symphony! The Scottish is okay but pales in comparison to the Italian." Report Abuse
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