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Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 4 / Norrington, London Classical Players

Release Date: 06/06/2000 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 61735   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir Roger Norrington is the best British conductor since Bryden Thomson and, before him, Sir Adrian Boult.

What is so good about Sir Roger's performances are that they are alive, vibrant, full of colour, devoid of clichés, utterly musical, coherent and convincing. Like Thomson he has a reliable ear for balance and texture and an instinctive ability to gauge the correct and most effective tempi.

Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony is a splendid piece. Listen to the control of the orchestra, the elegance, the high spirits, the amazing clarity and moments of unsurpassed excitement. The performers have fire and attack as well as a beauty and elegance when called for....

The London Classical Players
Read more give performances that have to be listened to and admired. This is real musicianship. And what these performances also do is convey the sheer genius of Mendelssohn. He is a far, far greater composer than his greatest fans may even imagine. How vastly better he is than Schubert in that he develops his material and with such skill. He does not rely on formulae or repetition ad nauseam. His orchestration may be the most colourful of his time.

Moments in Sir Roger's performance are spine-tingling and not only is it music that is so very good but performances that really delight and give a profound satisfaction. You feel good in your soul for having heard it. It is the antidote for both depression and lethargy, a marvellous tonic and pick-me-up. But, above all, it is great music magnificently played.

As to the Italian Symphony I still prefer Christoph von Dohnanyi's version on Decca (448 237 - 2), an absolute gem. But Sir Roger's performance is very good and there are some moments that are so unforgettably perfect.

Truly exhilarating and elegant performances of a composer whose greatness is still not fully recognised.

Not to be missed!

-- David Wright, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 

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