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Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1 & 5 / Abbado, LSO


Release Date: 08/19/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 445596   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is that avoidance of Victorian blandness which is striking in Abbado's accounts of Nos. 1 and 5. In No. l he is even tougher and more biting than Karajan in the C minor first movement, slower and simpler in the second, returning to a tough, dark manner for the Minuet and finale. This is a performance which has one marvelling that Mendelssohn could have ever have countenanced the idea of the Octet Scherzo as substitute, a piece so different in mood. The first movement of the Reformation finds Abbado more biting and dramatic than Karajan, and crisper and again quicker in the second movement Allegro vivace.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [1/1986]
reviewing the first CD release of the Abbado/LSO complete
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Mendelssohn is one of the few composers in whose music Abbado has demonstrated consistent mastery... He turns in a bubbly and perfectly proportioned account of the First Symphony... Abbado's LSO recordings also rank among his finest sonically, and these are no exception. If only he'd stayed in London!

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing the Abbado/LSO complete Mendelssohn Symphonies, DG 471467
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
2.
Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20: 3rd movement, Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
3.
Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Germany 

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