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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
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
Works on This Recording
Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 56, 'Scottish': I. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai animato - Andante come prima
Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 56, 'Scottish': II. Vivace non troppo
Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 56, 'Scottish': III. Adagio
Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 56, 'Scottish': IV. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai
Symphony No. 4 in A major Op. 90, 'Italian': I. Allegro vivace - Più animato
Symphony No. 4 in A major Op. 90, 'Italian': II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 4 in A major Op. 90, 'Italian': III. Con moto moderato
Symphony No. 4 in A major Op. 90, 'Italian': IV. Saltarello (Presto)
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