Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

by Andrew Litton
     
 

In these vital super audio recordings from BIS, Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra bring such enthusiasm and high spirits to these fine and frisky performances of Mendelssohn's "First" and "Fourth" symphonies and his "Ruy Blas Overture" that only the curmudgeonliest ofSee more details below

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In these vital super audio recordings from BIS, Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra bring such enthusiasm and high spirits to these fine and frisky performances of Mendelssohn's "First" and "Fourth" symphonies and his "Ruy Blas Overture" that only the curmudgeonliest of curmudgeons could complain about the duplication of standard repertoire. The colors of "Ruy Blas" glow with vivid hues, the sonorities of the "First Symphony" resound with rich harmonies, and the rhythms of the "Fourth," the "Italian," drive forward with irresistible energy. Listeners may recall with fondness the superlative performances of the fiery Claudio Abbado with the London Symphony Orchestra, and while the Bergen musicians aren't in that same class in terms of polish, they certainly have the necessary determination. Litton isn't in the same class as Abbado in terms of skill, but he yields nothing to the Italian conductor in commitment. For some listeners, the clarity and immediacy of BIS' recording may be more appealing than the plush stereo of Decca's recording.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2009
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599915845
catalogNumber:
1584
Rank:
144801

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Andrew Litton  - Robert Suff
  2. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Andrew Litton  - Robert Suff
  3. Ruy Blas, overture for orchestra in C minor, Op. 95  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Andrew Litton  - Robert Suff

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