"If there is one Mendelssohn symphonic recording that makes the case for a more favorable reassessment [of the composer], it's this pairing of the Italian Symphony and some of the Midsummer Night's Dream music by Sir Charles Mackerras.... The clarity of texture here [in the Symphony] is extraordinary, even when the brass and winds add their clout. As a result, every line of Mendelssohn's orchestration comes through clearly, leaving a listener with a renewed respect for this composer's inventiveness.... The Midsummer Night's Dream music is even more miraculous.... The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment offers the best movements of the incidental score, and it plays them with the same combination of transparency andRead more ebullience that it brings to the symphony." -- from The New York Times Essential Library - Classical Music: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings by Allan Kozinn Read less
Dream FulfilledMarch 25, 2015By Sara C. (Richmond, CA)See All My Reviews"I bought this one when it first became available on CD some years ago. The performances are truly wonderful. The Age of Enlightenment is a period instrument orchestra which provides a totally different listening experience. First, tuning is slightly lower than A440, so sound is not quite as bright. Also, violins do not have metal E string. Brasses and woodwinds sound different at the lower pitch as well. I have what is considered to be an entry-level audiophile music system which really allows this title to shine. You get to hear more of what the composer intended when he wrote this music. I love the modern versions of Italian Symphony and Midsummer Night's Dream as well, but this version is really special. Buy it and enjoy!"Report Abuse
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