It is that avoidance of Victorian blandness which is striking in Abbado's accounts of Nos. 1 and 5. In No. l he is even tougher and more biting than Karajan in the C minor first movement, slower and simpler in the second, returning to a tough, dark manner for the Minuet and finale. This is a performance which has one marvelling that Mendelssohn could have ever have countenanced the idea of the Octet Scherzo as substitute, a piece so different in mood. The first movement of the Reformation finds Abbado more biting and dramatic than Karajan, and crisper and again quicker in the second movement Allegro vivace.
-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [1/1986] reviewing the first CD release of the Abbado/LSO completeRead more Mendelssohn Symphonies, DG 415353
Mendelssohn is one of the few composers in whose music Abbado has demonstrated consistent mastery... He turns in a bubbly and perfectly proportioned account of the First Symphony... 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 reviewing the Abbado/LSO complete Mendelssohn Symphonies, DG 471467 Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11by Felix Mendelssohn Conductor:
London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1824; Germany