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Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Overtures / Flor


Release Date: 07/13/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 60864   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Marjana LipovsekLucia Popp
Conductor:  Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony OrchestraBamberg Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Claus Peter Flor presents a charming, musical, and lively account of the extended Midsummer Night's Dream music.

Claus Peter Flor is a good conductor of the German standard repertoire, Mendelssohn in particular, and he presents a charming, musical, and lively account of the extended Midsummer Night's Dream music. The overture has an evocative air of mystery in its introduction, with plenty of rustic high spirits in the main section (if a touch under tempo for my taste), and Flor doesn't italicize the "hee-haws". All of the standard numbers--the scherzo, nocturne, and wedding march--come off very well, while Lucia Popp and Marjana Lipovsek make fine soloists. It's also good to have a generous coupling in the
Read more form of the three overtures, all expertly done. The Hebrides has a real sea-breeze blowing through it, as does Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage (at least eventually). Ruy Blas is attractive enough to make us wonder why we don't hear it more often. Very good sound and warmly up-to-snuff playing from the Bamberg orchestra make this well worth considering, even in a crowded field.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, in D major Op. 27 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Germany 
2.
Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
3.
Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 
4.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Language: German 

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