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 …  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

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

Tracks

  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Overture  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Scherzo  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  3. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Intermezzo  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  4. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  5. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  6. Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90: 1. Allegro vivace  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Raymond Leppard  - Darren Lewis
  7. Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90: 4. Saltarello: Presto  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Raymond Leppard  - Darren Lewis
  8. Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25: 1. Allegro vivace  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Cyprien Katsaris  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  9. Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25: 3. Presto: Molto allegro e vivace  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Cyprien Katsaris  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  10. Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20: 3. Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Eder Quartet  - Darren Lewis  -  Kreuzberger String Quartet
  11. Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor ("Reformation"), Op. 107: 2. Allegro vivace  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  12. Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor ("Reformation"), Op. 107: 3. Andante  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  13. Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Barbara Bonney  - Geoffrey Parsons  - Darren Lewis
  14. Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: [Excerpt]  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus  -  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  15. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Maxim Vengerov  - Darren Lewis
  16. Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Annie D'Arco  - Darren Lewis
  17. Song without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Annie D'Arco  - Darren Lewis
  18. The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor ("Fingal's Cave"), Op. 26  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Armin Jordan  -  L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande  - Darren Lewis
  19. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major ("Lobgesang", "Hymn of Praise"), Op. 52: 1. Sinfonia - Scherzo: Allegretto un poco agitato  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  20. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major ("Lobgesang", "Hymn of Praise"), Op. 52: 8. Chorale: Nun danket alle Gott  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  21. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49: 3. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Beaux Arts Trio  - Darren Lewis
  22. Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish"), Op. 56: 2. Scherzo: Vivace non troppo  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  23. Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish"), Op. 56: 4. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Darren Lewis
  24. Hear My Prayer ("O for the wings of a dove"), hymn for soprano, chorus & organ or orchestra in G major  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of New College, Oxford  - Edward Higginbottom  - Thomas Herford  - Darren Lewis
  25. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Choir of New College, Oxford  - Edward Higginbottom  - Darren Lewis

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