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Gardner: Mendelssohn in Birmingham vol.4 (SACD)

Gardner: Mendelssohn in Birmingham vol.4 (SACD)

Gardner: Mendelssohn in Birmingham vol.4 (SACD)

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Jennifer Pike, Rhian Lois, Keri Fuge, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Edward Gardner
Format: DSD64 (iso)
Label: Chandos
Release: 2016
Size: 3.43 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
01. I. Allegro molto appassionato
02. II. Andante
03. III. Allegro molto vivace 6:11

04. Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, Op. 21

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – incidental music, Op. 61
05. Scherzo
06. Song with Chorus
07. Intermezzo
08. Nocturne
09. Wedding March
10. Dance of the Clowns
11. Finale

Recorded: 13-14 July 2015
Recording Venue: Town Hall, Birmingham, UK

For this new recording of orchestral works by Mendelssohn, the CBSO and its principal guest conductor, Edward Gardner, join the violinist Jennifer Pike, who made a remarkable debut at Carnegie Hall this year. She here performs the Violin Concerto in E minor, the piece that launched her career thirteen years ago when she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award. Her first album on Chandos (CHAN10667: sonatas by Frank, Debussy, and Ravel) was praised by Classic FM as ‘one of the most outstanding début albums of recent years’. The music of Mendelssohn is probably more highly valued and widely loved today than it has been at any period since his lifetime. Yet one still sometimes hears the allegation that he failed quite to fulfil the promise of those miraculous youthful masterpieces, the Octet, completed at 16, and the Concert Overture A Midsummer Night’s Dream, of a year later. This recording contains two of his later works, which most roundly confute that accusation: the Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1843), in which he managed to recapture and amplify the unique magic of his early years, and the Violin Concerto in E minor (1844), which has retained its standing among the three or four greatest of its genre ever since.

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