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Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4 & 5 / Gardiner, Vienna Po


Release Date: 03/09/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459156   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording includes the premiere recording of the 1834 revised version of the Italian Symphony as well as the original version of this symphony.
Felix Mendelssohn was a dazzling child prodigy who made his public debut at age nine. Two of Mendelssohn's earliest masterpieces, the Octet and Overture to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' were composed before he was 18 years old, a feat reminiscent of the young Mozart. Surprisingly Mendelssohn was plagued by self-doubts and was a demanding perfectionist who revised all of his major works. This recording presents two of his most famous symphonies: No. 4 in A major, the 'Italian,' and No.5 in D major, the 'Reformation.' The 'Italian' is presented in two versions, one being the world premiere of
Read more Mendelssohn's 1834 revised version.
Mendelssohn's revisions for the last three movements of his 'Italian' Symphony are subtle and concern details of scoring, melodic contour and harmony. It's fascinating to have two versions of the same familiar symphony on the same recording. It also helps to have the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner in performances that capture all of the incandescent splendor of the music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian": 2nd movement, Andante con moto by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1834 
4.
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian": 3rd movement, Con moto moderato by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1834 
5.
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian": 4th movement, Saltarello by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1834 

Sound Samples

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)
Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.107 - "Reformation": 1. Andante - Allegro con fuoco
Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.107 - "Reformation": 2. Allegro vivace
Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.107 - "Reformation": 3. Andante
Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.107 - "Reformation": 4. Choral "Ein' Feste Burg ist unser Gott!" (Andante con moto - Allegro vivace - Allegro maestoso - Più animato poco a poco)
Symphony No.4 in A, Op.90 - "Italian" - revised version (1834): 2. Andante con moto
Symphony No.4 in A, Op.90 - "Italian" - revised version (1834): 3. Menuetto. Con moto grazioso
Symphony No.4 in A, Op.90 - "Italian" - revised version (1834): 4. Saltarello. Allegro di molto

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