Ultimate Mendelssohn: The Essential Masterpieces [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947801023
  • Catalog Number: 001084202
  • Sales rank: 89,330

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish"), Op. 56 - Felix Mendelssohn & Herbert Blomstedt (37:15)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90 - Felix Mendelssohn & Herbert Blomstedt (29:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1–2 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 - Felix Mendelssohn & Pinchas Zukerman (28:13)
  2. 3–6 Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20 - Felix Mendelssohn & Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (33:45)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 - Felix Mendelssohn & Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (18:54)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - Felix Mendelssohn & Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (22:15)
Disc 4
  1. 1 A Midsummer Night's Dream, overture, Op. 21 - Felix Mendelssohn & Neville Marriner (12:16)
  2. 2 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Felix Mendelssohn & Neville Marriner (5:08)
  3. 3 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: L'istesso tempo - Felix Mendelssohn & Neville Marriner (1:37)
  4. 4 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Song with chorus "You spotted snakes" - Felix Mendelssohn & Neville Marriner (3:59)
  5. 5 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Intermezzo - Felix Mendelssohn & Neville Marriner (2:11)
  6. 6 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Notturno - Felix Mendelssohn & Neville Marriner (6:27)
  7. 7 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn & Neville Marriner (4:13)
  8. 8 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Prologue - Felix Mendelssohn & Neville Marriner (0:20)
  9. 9 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Funeral March - Felix Mendelssohn & Neville Marriner (1:10)
  10. 10 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Dance of the Clowns - Felix Mendelssohn & Neville Marriner (1:30)
  11. 11 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Finale "Through this house give glimm'ring light" - Felix Mendelssohn & Neville Marriner (4:39)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Song without Words for piano No. 19 in A flat major, Op. 53/1 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (3:16)
  2. 2 Song without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:01)
  3. 3 Song without Words for piano No. 20 in E flat major, Op. 53/2 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:41)
  4. 4 Song without Words for piano No. 21 in G minor, Op. 53/3 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:50)
  5. 5 Song without Words for piano No. 25 in G major, Op. 62/1 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:25)
  6. 6 Song without Words for piano No. 42 in B flat major, Op. 85/6 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:16)
  7. 7 Song without Words for piano No. 6 in G minor ("Venetianisches Gondellied"), Op. 19b/6 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:42)
  8. 8 Song without Words for piano No. 9 in E major, Op. 30/3 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:01)
  9. 9 Song without Words for piano No. 10 in B minor, Op. 30/4 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (3:00)
  10. 10 Song without Words for piano No. 11 in D major, Op. 30/5 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:42)
  11. 11 Song without Words for piano No. 12 in F sharp minor ("Venetianisches Gondollied"), Op. 30/6 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (3:01)
  12. 12 Song without Words for piano No. 47 in A major ("Kinderstück"), Op. 102/5 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (1:35)
  13. 13 Song without Words for piano No. 1 in E major, Op. 19b/1 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (3:09)
  14. 14 Song without Words for piano No. 2 in A minor, Op. 19b/2 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:45)
  15. 15 Song without Words for piano No. 4 in A major, Op. 19b/4 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (1:56)
  16. 16 Song without Words for piano No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 19b/5 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (3:53)
  17. 17 Song without Words for piano No. 13 in E flat, Op. 38/1 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:32)
  18. 18 Song without Words for piano No. 14 in C minor, Op. 38/2 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (1:55)
  19. 19 Song without Words for piano No. 18 in A flat major ("Duetto"), Op. 38/6 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:42)
  20. 20 Song without Words for piano No. 36 in E major, Op. 67/6 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:38)
  21. 21 Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (2:47)
  22. 22 Song without Words for piano No. 45 in C major ("Kinderstück"), Op. 102/3 - Felix Mendelssohn & András Schiff (1:38)
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