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Mendelssohn: String Symphonies Vol 1 / Ward, Northern Co


Release Date: 01/23/1996 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553161   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony for Strings no 1 in C major by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Germany 
2.
Symphony for Strings no 2 in D major by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Germany 
3.
Symphony for Strings no 3 in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Germany 
4.
Symphony for Strings no 4 in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Germany 
5.
Symphony for Strings no 5 in B flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Germany 
6.
Symphony for Strings no 6 in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Germany 

Sound Samples

Sinfonia No. 1 in C major: I. Allegro
Sinfonia No. 1 in C major: II. Andante
Sinfonia No. 1 in C major: III. Allegro
Sinfonia No. 2 in D major: I. Allegro
Sinfonia No. 2 in D major: II. Andante
Sinfonia No. 2 in D major: III. Allegro vivace
Sinfonia No. 3 in E minor: I. Allegro di molto
Sinfonia No. 3 in E minor: II. Andante
Sinfonia No. 3 in E minor: III. Allegro
Sinfonia No. 4 in C minor: I. Grave-Allegro
Sinfonia No. 4 in C minor: II. Andante
Sinfonia No. 4 in C minor: III. Allegro vivace
Sinfonia No. 5 in B flat major: I. Allegro vivace
Sinfonia No. 5 in B flat major: II. Andante
Sinfonia No. 5 in B flat major: III. Presto
Sinfonia No. 6 in E flat major: I. Allegro
Sinfonia No. 6 in E flat major: II. Menuetto - Trio I - Menuetto - Trio II
Sinfonia No. 6 in E flat major: III. Prestissimo

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Not Just " Warm-ups" For Later, but real mini-S September 2, 2014 By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews "09-02-2014 Nicholas Ward and the Northern Chamber Orchestra have recorded all 12 of the Mendelssohn symphonies for string orchestras, and this Naxos CD offers us the first half dozen, composed between 1821 and 1823, when the composer was at the tender age of 12-14, barely out of adolescence, and just entering his teen years. When I was that age, I'm sure I was doing something stupid, and not composing any type of music, let alone, complete Symphonies, even though these are only for the string choirs, they still present clear, clean lines of musical thought and ideas, set within the context of the "Allegro", "Andante/Adagio" and "Finale" form. There is, however, something to be said about this process of creating a sort of template of one of these 3-movement works, then simply stamping out "relatives" as he went along writing. This is the sort of criticism leveled at Haydn, particularly early on, and, naturally Vivaldi. Thus, regarding the "Red Priest" from Venice, he has tongue in cheek been labeled a composer of one great Violin Concerto and then of over 400 siblings, or variations on the initial work. This also, is not really fair, and in the early 19th Century, many composers wrote multiple renditions of quite similar pieces, for two basic reasons. Number one, they were seized with a strong creative impulse, and they clearly knew the modes and principals of orchestration and composing. Of these first 6 works, a couple of them are in the 10 to 10 and a half minute range, and others run for a mere 8 or 9 minutes. Each of these little gems has plenty of élan to render the selections as being of a generally congenial and festive nature. They do not, however , quite reach the higher level of either Mozart or Haydn, but, for a Jewish kid from Leipzig, with a stern rabbinical scholarly father, he did all right, for sure. Raised in a very stimulatingly intellectual household, the young Felix was exposed, at an early age, to the gist of European academia and scholasticism, including, wisely, the Christian world (essentially, the Roman Catholic Church's massive contribution to Western civilization)as well as the Islamic, Hindu , Taoist, Buddhist and free-thinking sects. This gave the budding composer a firm platform upon which to write his music, and from a rather early age, he held the art of composing firmly in his hands. Sorry for the long-winded history lesson, but this is, I think, important stuff to know, and it has assisted me in my self-study of this and other "great" and "very good" composers. So, for a very low price you can pick up this interesting and refined set of performances of the youngster Mendelssohn tackling the Symphonic form and start to appreciate his great skill as a maturing artist. A pleasant release and one I think should not be relegated to the territory of "elevator," or "background music," as so much baroque and Classical age music is these days. This is insulting and foolish, as there are many really good works that simply get the brush-off. So, get this good offering and enjoy the young genius at work, God bless all, Tony. AMDG!!" Report Abuse
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