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Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 4, Etc / Szell, Cleveland Orch


Release Date: 08/19/1991 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 46536   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Sir Andrew DavisGeorge Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraCleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The performance of the Italian Symphony is most enjoyable, its style unexpectedly effervescent. The outer movements are taken fast but the resilient orchestral playing prevents any feeling of glossiness and the delicacy of the wind playing in the slow movement is most fetching. Similarly the opening of the third movement is gracious, the horns in the trio having an almost elfin quality. The recording is good, warm with plenty of body, but less transparency, although there is a difference between fink and piano here that is not always noticeable in recordings from this source. In short this is very enjoyable, the more so as Szell observes the first movement repeat.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [3/1977, reviewing Symphony no 4 on
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
2. Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
3. Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 

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