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Classics - Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3, Etc / Dohnányi


Release Date: 05/28/2002 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80184   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Christine CairnsJon GarrisonTom KrauseJeffrey Wells
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland OrchestraCleveland Orchestra Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dohnanyi always gives good Mendelssohn, a composer whose music responds well to his neat, precise, tasteful, understated style of conducting. The Scottish Symphony captured here displays all of these virtues in lively tempos, typically superb playing by the Clevelanders, and a finale in which the add-on coda emerges with impressive naturalness from what has come before. But the real treat is the coupling: Die erste Walpurgisnacht (The First Witches' Sabbath), a marvelous and (for Mendelssohn) quite ferocious cantata lasting a bit more than half an hour in which a pack of bloodthirsty druids intimidate a bunch of squeamish Christians. As always in such cases, pagans and demon worshippers get all of the good music, and Mendelssohn is smart Read more enough to keep the role of the Christians to the bare minimum. This is also a very fine performance, with excellent solo singing (by Christine Cairns and Tom Krause particularly), a rousing chorus, and plenty of vitality. Definitely a reissue worth considering--you're in for a very good time.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op. 60 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Christine Cairns (Mezzo Soprano), Jon Garrison (Tenor), Tom Krause (Baritone),
Jeffrey Wells (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/22/1988 
Venue:  Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland 
Length: 32 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes:  GERMANY 
2. Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/22/1988 
Venue:  Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland 
Length: 34 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes:  GERMANY 

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