The Mendelssohn Experience

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 825646934935
  • Catalog Number: 517453
  • Sales rank: 145,683

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Overture - Felix Mendelssohn & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (11:34)
  2. 2 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Scherzo - Felix Mendelssohn & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (4:50)
  3. 3 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Intermezzo - Felix Mendelssohn & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (3:08)
  4. 4 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne - Felix Mendelssohn & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (5:40)
  5. 5 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (4:10)
  6. 6 Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90: 1. Allegro vivace - English Chamber Orchestra & Felix Mendelssohn (10:27)
  7. 7 Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90: 4. Saltarello: Presto - English Chamber Orchestra & Felix Mendelssohn (5:49)
  8. 8 Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25: 1. Allegro vivace - Cyprien Katsaris & Felix Mendelssohn (7:01)
  9. 9 Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25: 3. Presto: Molto allegro e vivace - Cyprien Katsaris & Felix Mendelssohn (5:42)
  10. 10 Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20: 3. Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo - Felix Mendelssohn & Eder Quartet (4:13)
  11. 11 Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor ("Reformation"), Op. 107: 2. Allegro vivace - Felix Mendelssohn & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (5:15)
  12. 12 Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor ("Reformation"), Op. 107: 3. Andante - Felix Mendelssohn & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (2:51)
  13. 13 Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2 - Barbara Bonney & Felix Mendelssohn (3:26)
  14. 14 Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: [Excerpt] - MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus & Felix Mendelssohn (3:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 - Felix Mendelssohn & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (27:29)
  2. 2 Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6 - Annie D'Arco & Felix Mendelssohn (2:13)
  3. 3 Song without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4 - Annie D'Arco & Felix Mendelssohn (1:54)
  4. 4 The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor ("Fingal's Cave"), Op. 26 - Armin Jordan & Felix Mendelssohn (9:57)
  5. 5 Symphony No. 2 in B flat major ("Lobgesang", "Hymn of Praise"), Op. 52: 1. Sinfonia - Scherzo: Allegretto un poco agitato - MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus & Felix Mendelssohn (5:21)
  6. 6 Symphony No. 2 in B flat major ("Lobgesang", "Hymn of Praise"), Op. 52: 8. Chorale: Nun danket alle Gott - MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus & Felix Mendelssohn (3:24)
  7. 7 Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49: 3. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace - Felix Mendelssohn & Beaux Arts Trio (3:52)
  8. 8 Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish"), Op. 56: 2. Scherzo: Vivace non troppo - Felix Mendelssohn & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (4:20)
  9. 9 Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish"), Op. 56: 4. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai - Felix Mendelssohn & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (9:33)
  10. 10 Hear My Prayer ("O for the wings of a dove"), hymn for soprano, chorus & organ or orchestra in G major - Choir of New College, Oxford & Felix Mendelssohn (5:10)
  11. 11 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival) - Choir of New College, Oxford & Felix Mendelssohn (3:07)
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