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Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61 & Overture, Op. 21


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Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61 & Overture, Op. 21


A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61

A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21

Recorded live in DSD128fs at the Barbican Hall, 16th February 2016

Ceri-lyn Cissone (narrator), Alexander Knox (narrator) & Frankie Wakefield (narrator)

London Symphony Orchestra & The Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

SACD + Blu-ray - 2 discs

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Scheduled for release on 3 February 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Continuing his award-winning cycle of works by Felix Mendelssohn, Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads the LSO, his Monteverdi Choir and three talented young actors from the Guildhall in a landmark performance of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', which was performed as part of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. To mark the celebrations, Gardiner produced a special version of the work featuring some cuts to the original movements that, in his words, "remove all of the music relating to the Mechanicals and thus focus on the world of the fairies and the human lovers". Mendelssohn, who adored Shakespeare’s writings, composed his concert overture based on 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' in 1827 aged 17, after having read a German translation of the play. The overture was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece and quickly became a popular favourite throughout Europe. Years later in 1843 he was asked by the King of Prussia to provide a score for an entire production: 14 short works based on themes and moods from the original overture, with a broadly romantic sound although classical in style and structure.

The Pure Audio Blu-ray disc includes bonus footage of the concert performance of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 1, alongside high resolution master audio.

SACD Hybrid + Pure Audio Blu-ray | 2 disc jewel case with clear tray

2.0 stereo | multi-channel 5.1

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