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Ultimate Mendelssohn: The Essential Masterpieces [Box Set]
     

Ultimate Mendelssohn: The Essential Masterpieces [Box Set]

 
Building a basic collection of the masterpieces of Felix Mendelssohn just got easier with the release of this five-disc compendium from Decca, and some listeners may feel quite satisfied with the selections offered here, since they are representative of the composer's best instrumental and orchestral music. Two of Mendelssohn's most buoyant works appear on the first

Overview

Building a basic collection of the masterpieces of Felix Mendelssohn just got easier with the release of this five-disc compendium from Decca, and some listeners may feel quite satisfied with the selections offered here, since they are representative of the composer's best instrumental and orchestral music. Two of Mendelssohn's most buoyant works appear on the first disc, the "Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Scottish," and the "Symphony No. 4 in A major, Italian," and receive engaging performances by Herbert Blomstedt and the San Francisco Symphony. The second disc presents the perennially popular "Violin Concerto in E minor" and the string orchestra version of the "Octet in E flat major," performances featuring the versatile Pinchas Zukerman as violin soloist in the former work and as conductor of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in the latter. Mendelssohn's "Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor" and the "Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor" occupy the third CD and are brilliantly played by a youthful András Schiff, with matching support by Charles Dutoit and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The fourth disc is devoted to the overture and incidental music for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," in a bright and energetic performance by Neville Marriner and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the last CD contains selections from the "Songs Without Words," played with grace and lyricism by Schiff. All the recordings date from the 1980s and are fully digital, so the sound is always clear and clean without any audio problems that would betray their age.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947801023
catalogNumber:
001084202
Rank:
15787

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish"), Op. 56
  2. Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90
  3. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
  4. Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20
  5. Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40
  7. A Midsummer Night's Dream, overture, Op. 21
  8. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Scherzo: Allegro vivace
  9. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: L'istesso tempo
  10. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Song with chorus "You spotted snakes"
  11. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Intermezzo
  12. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Notturno
  13. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March
  14. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Prologue
  15. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Funeral March
  16. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Dance of the Clowns
  17. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Finale "Through this house give glimm'ring light"
  18. Song without Words for piano No. 19 in A flat major, Op. 53/1
  19. Song without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4
  20. Song without Words for piano No. 20 in E flat major, Op. 53/2
  21. Song without Words for piano No. 21 in G minor, Op. 53/3
  22. Song without Words for piano No. 25 in G major, Op. 62/1
  23. Song without Words for piano No. 42 in B flat major, Op. 85/6
  24. Song without Words for piano No. 6 in G minor ("Venetianisches Gondellied"), Op. 19b/6
  25. Song without Words for piano No. 9 in E major, Op. 30/3
  26. Song without Words for piano No. 10 in B minor, Op. 30/4
  27. Song without Words for piano No. 11 in D major, Op. 30/5
  28. Song without Words for piano No. 12 in F sharp minor ("Venetianisches Gondollied"), Op. 30/6
  29. Song without Words for piano No. 47 in A major ("Kinderstück"), Op. 102/5
  30. Song without Words for piano No. 1 in E major, Op. 19b/1
  31. Song without Words for piano No. 2 in A minor, Op. 19b/2
  32. Song without Words for piano No. 4 in A major, Op. 19b/4
  33. Song without Words for piano No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 19b/5
  34. Song without Words for piano No. 13 in E flat, Op. 38/1
  35. Song without Words for piano No. 14 in C minor, Op. 38/2
  36. Song without Words for piano No. 18 in A flat major ("Duetto"), Op. 38/6
  37. Song without Words for piano No. 36 in E major, Op. 67/6
  38. Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6
  39. Song without Words for piano No. 45 in C major ("Kinderstück"), Op. 102/3

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