Mendelssohn Experience

The Mendelssohn Experience

     
 
As with so many compilation albums on the market, the concept of "less is more" can be aptly applied to this Warner Classics & Jazz album entitled The Mendelssohn Experience. On the positive side, WCJ selects for its recording excerpts performances by the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the

Overview

As with so many compilation albums on the market, the concept of "less is more" can be aptly applied to this Warner Classics & Jazz album entitled The Mendelssohn Experience. On the positive side, WCJ selects for its recording excerpts performances by the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Beaux Arts Trio, violinist Maxim Venegerov, and pianist Cyprien Katsaris, all of whom provide pleasing, technically accurate, and musically satisfying performances of their respective pieces. With the exception of the "Violin Concerto," listeners only get to hear bits and pieces of various works. While WCJ manages to fill two full discs in this manner, the more they add, the more obvious it is what has been excluded. What about the string quartets? Cello and violin sonatas? Organ works? Instead pursing a futile attempt to offer a comprehensive overview off all of the genres in which Mendelssohn composed, WCJ may have done better to provide two discs of complete pieces; pick a couple of the greats and do the whole composition. Listeners totally unfamiliar with Mendelssohn's works may find this as an acceptable introduction and a springboard to further listening, but are advised to listen to complete recordings of those sampled here as well as those that are left out.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646934935
catalogNumber:
517453
Rank:
213168

Tracks

  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Overture
  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Scherzo
  3. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Intermezzo
  4. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne
  5. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March
  6. Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90: 1. Allegro vivace
  7. Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90: 4. Saltarello: Presto
  8. Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25: 1. Allegro vivace
  9. Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25: 3. Presto: Molto allegro e vivace
  10. Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20: 3. Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo
  11. Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor ("Reformation"), Op. 107: 2. Allegro vivace
  12. Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor ("Reformation"), Op. 107: 3. Andante
  13. Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2
  14. Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: [Excerpt]
  15. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
  16. Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6
  17. Song without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4
  18. The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor ("Fingal's Cave"), Op. 26
  19. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major ("Lobgesang", "Hymn of Praise"), Op. 52: 1. Sinfonia - Scherzo: Allegretto un poco agitato
  20. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major ("Lobgesang", "Hymn of Praise"), Op. 52: 8. Chorale: Nun danket alle Gott
  21. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49: 3. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
  22. Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish"), Op. 56: 2. Scherzo: Vivace non troppo
  23. Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish"), Op. 56: 4. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai
  24. Hear My Prayer ("O for the wings of a dove"), hymn for soprano, chorus & organ or orchestra in G major
  25. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)

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