Mendelssohn MaturesSeptember 27, 2014By Archibald S. (Boulder, CO)See All My Reviews"According to the performance notes Mendelssohn wrote Symphony No. 1 when he was only 15 years old, and it has the headstrong style that one might expect from a talented teenage composer. References to Beethoven, Bach and Mozart abound. M. is clearly digesting their techniques and styles. The only exception to the headstrong style is the andante which is quite serene and beautiful. There are also some calmer woodwind interludes in the other three movements. The headstrong style of the first symphony is brought under control and put to greater musical use in Symphony No. 3. This symphony resulted from a visit by M. to Scotland. It expresses the spirit of Scottish music without directly using traditional tunes, as well as reflecting the beauty of the Scottish scenery. This is an excellent performance, with the inner voices well delineated. The wood winds and brass are especially good. The SACD stereo sound is top notch."Report Abuse
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