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Klemperer Legacy - Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4, Midsummer Night's Dream


Release Date: 06/08/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67038   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerHeather Harper
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews


These 1960 performances are classics among the classics, and there is little need to emphasize their qualities. Otto Klemperer conducts the incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream with an audible keenness for this magic music. If the tempos are not the liveliest on disc, the Maestro's natural aptitude for orchestral balance certainly allows the listener to taste every bit of Mendelssohn's fairy orchestration, as in the vivid Scherzo or the delicate anxiety of the Intermezzo. Heather Harper and Janet Baker are irresistible in the sung episodes, and so is the Philharmonia Chorus. Recorded at the same time, the "Italian" Symphony shines like it has rarely done before or since, with not a single hint
Read more of heaviness. The Philharmonia Orchestra provides perfect ensemble playing, unforgettable velvet tone in the noble Andante con moto, and explosive energy in the final Saltarello. Thanks to a careful remastering, these eternal recordings are given a new life. A CD to treasure.

--Luca Sabbatini

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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1960 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 27 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E major Op. 21 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: March of the Fairies by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Intermezzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Ye spotted snakes by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Nocturne by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Funeral March by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
10.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Dance of the clowns by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Finale by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 

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