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
Notes in En, Fr, Ge
Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 21
Overture (Allegro di molto)
Overture (Tempo primo)
Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music, Op. 61
"Ay Me! For Aught That I Could Ever Read"
No. 1, Scherzo
No. 2, L'istesso tempo
No. 2a, Allegro vivace
No. 3, Lied mit Chor
No. 4, Andante
No. 5, Allegro appassionato
No. 7, Nocturne. Con moto tranquillo
No. 8, Andante
No. 9, Hochzeitmarsch "Wedding March" - No. 12, Allegro vivace come primo
Finale. Allegro di molto
3rd February 2017
“it definitely still feels like a full representation of Mendelssohn's sparkling music.
And sparkle it does: there's a real lightness of touch in the Overture, and I was delighted with the way that Gardiner manages to make familiar music sound fresh...I wouldn’t have thought there was anything Gardiner could have done to invigorate that most familiar of tunes, namely the Wedding March, and yet that’s exactly what he does.”
26th February 2017
“Here, unless you were at the concert from which this recording was taken last year, is Mendelssohn’s Shakespeare music as you’ve never heard it before...Gardiner hears this music through the prism of period instruments and conveys its magic with his outstanding choir and soloists.”