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An Introduction to Felix Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn: Hebrides/ Piano Concerto etc.

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2006

Originally recorded in 2005

Artists:

London Mozart Players


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra


Philharmonia Orchestra


Royal Scottish National Orchestra


Sir Alexander Gibson


Walter Weller


Charles Groves


Howard Shelley

conductor/soloist†

Howard Shelley

conductor/soloist

Record Label
Intro

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Piano

Total Time - 76:46
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An Introduction to Felix Mendelssohn

 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

(1809-1847)
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1 

The Hebrides, Op. 26

10:19
  Overture  
  Allegro moderato - Animato  
 Sir Alexander Gibson
 

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

20:25  
2 I Molto allegro con fuoco - 7:31
3 II Andante 6:39
4 III Presto - Molto allegro e vivace - Tempo I 6:11
 Howard Shelley conductor/soloist†
5 

Wedding March

4:57
  from incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61  
 Charles Groves
6 

Capriccio brillant, Op. 22

11:28
  Andante - Allegro con fuoco  
 Howard Shelley conductor/soloist
 

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

 
7 I Allegro vivace 10:36
8 II Andante con moto 6:50
9 III Con moto moderato 6:28
10 IV Saltarello. Presto 5:47
 Walter Weller
A greater prodigy even than Mozart, German composer, pianist and conductor Felix Mendelssohn was composing fully mature works from the age of 12. Stirred by his classical upbringing and inspired by art and nature, his music flows with melodic freshness and inventive orchestration. The energy, clarity and tunefulness of the Symphony No.4, the Italian Symphony has made it his most popular symphony.

Mendelssohn’s exhilarating Italian Symphony is one of the warmest vivacious and most melodic works in the repertoire and has understandably become one of the most famous works in the catalogue. Evidence of his mastery and freshness is so abundant.

The First Piano Concerto is no less appealing, with its catchy tunes, brilliantly exciting writing and romantic sweep-virtuosic rather than profound, overflows with youthful élan. These works are coupled with his most famous and glittering shorter compositions, including his celebrated Hebrides Overture. These famous Mendelssohn works are treated to first-rate performances and sound.

This is marvellous playing in every respect: fresh, sparkling and dashing in the fast movements, poetic and touching in the slower ones. He despatches the Capriccio brilliant with similar aplomb, and the recording balance is admirably judged, with rich, truthful recorded sound
The Penguin Complete Guide

Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto is an entirely delightful and comparatively well-kept secret, conceived in the composer’s head during the journey which led to the writing of the Italian Symphony, and bubbling over with much of that work’s melodic exuberance.
Gramophone



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