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Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, Piano Concertos / Chailly

Mendelssohn / Chailly / Gewandhausorchester
Release Date: 06/17/2014 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002082502   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Saleem Abboud Ashkar
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Riccardo Chailly has just been appointed musical director at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, while still retaining the post of Kapellmeister at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. The name of Felix Mendelssohn is inextricably linked with Leipzig and with the Gewandhaus: he was appointed Kapellmeister of the orchestra in 1835 and held the position until his death in 1847. The cornerstone of this album is one of Felix Mendelssohn’s best known works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the album includes the five instrumental pieces from the incidental music, with the world famous Wedding March closing the suite. The two Piano Concertos are played by Saleem Ashkar, who has performed the Concerto No.1 a number of times with Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Read more Orchestra in Leipzig and on tour. The album includes the world premiere recording of Ruy Blas (Hogwood’s critical edition). Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
2. Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E major Op. 21 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Germany 
3. Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Suite by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
4. Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Saleem Abboud Ashkar (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Germany 
5. Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 40 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Saleem Abboud Ashkar (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 

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