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Mendelssohn: 5 Symphonies, 7 Overtures / Abbado, London So


Release Date: 05/14/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471467   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Elizabeth ConnellKarita MattilaHans-Peter Blochwitz
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mendelssohn is one of the few composers in whose music Abbado has demonstrated consistent mastery (Rossini is another), and while he recorded some of the works in this set both before and after these editions, taken as a whole there is no finer complete Mendelssohn symphony cycle available. He turns in a bubbly and perfectly proportioned account of the First Symphony, a remarkably listenable and less boring than usual rendition of the choral Second, and excellent versions of the remaining three. The "Italian" Symphony has particular shapeliness and verve, and the overtures share the same qualities. Yes, it's true that in his later recording in Berlin of A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture he achieved even more lightness and velocity, but the Read more differences are on the whole very minor. Abbado's LSO recordings also rank among his finest sonically, and these are no exception. If only he'd stayed in London!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1984 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 32 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 "Lobgesang" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Elizabeth Connell (Soprano), Karita Mattila (Soprano), Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 74 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 42 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4. Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1984 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 28 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5. Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6. Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20: 3rd movement, Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1984 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
7. Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E major Op. 21 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1984 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 3 Secs. 
8. Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 24 Secs. 
9. Die schöne Melusine Overture, Op. 32 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1984 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 48 Secs. 
10. Overture in C major, Op. 101 "Trumpet Overture" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826/1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1986 
Venue:  All Saints Church, Tooting, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
11. Overture for Wind Instruments in C major, Op. 24 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824/1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1986 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 46 Secs. 
12. Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1986 
Venue:  All Saints Church, Tooting, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 21 Secs. 
13. Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, in D major Op. 27 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1986 
Venue:  All Saints Church, Tooting, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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