Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation' - CD

This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation', by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) on CD. Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Mendelssohn: Organ Works

Mendelssohn: Organ Works

Mendelssohn in London


Mendelssohn:

Allegro in D

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'

arr. for organ: William Thomas Best

Theme And Variations In D Major

Allegro in B flat

Allegretto in D minor

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

arr.: Reitze Smits/Leo van Doeselaar

Prelude & Fugue for organ in C minor, Op. 37 No. 1

Fughetta in D

Paulus, Op. 36: Overture

arr. for organ: William Thomas Best

Fugue in C

Fugue in F minor

Fugue in E minor


Leo van Doeselaar (Thomas Hill Organ, St. Pieterskerk Leiden)

When Mendelssohn first played the organ in England, he surprised his public with his virtuosity, which was completely unknown to the British on this instrument. His pedal playing was particularly impressive, and as a consequence England’s extremely conservative organ building experienced an unprecedented innovative drive. The organ built by Thomas Hill attests to this watershed development. It was saved from demolition in St.John’s Church in London and – only recently freshly restored – can now be experienced as a choir organ in St. Peter’s Church in Leiden in Holland. Leo van Doeselaar is now presenting this marvel of English organ design for the first time on SACD – of course with works by Mendelssohn.

The Six Sonatas certainly number among Mendelssohn’s best-known organ works. However, it is not so widely known that these sonatas actually represent a collection of études for organ and were compiled especially for English organists.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol. 1

Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol. 1


Mendelssohn:

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'

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


‘Mendelssohn in Birmingham’ is an exciting new recording project with the CBSO and its Principal Guest Conductor, Edward Gardner. It celebrates Mendelssohn’s special relationship with the city’s Town Hall and will feature the complete symphonies recorded there. It was a venue much loved by Mendelssohn and saw him conduct many of his own works there, including premieres. ‘Mendelssohn in Birmingham’ also encompasses a major concert series at the Town Hall which will run alongside these recordings.

Inspiration for The Hebrides, recorded here in Vol. 1, sprang from experiencing the seas and landscapes of the Scottish Western Isles. The famous wave-like repeated patterns of its opening set the scene for a vivid work that has been a template for composers of ‘sea’ music ever since. Symphony No. 5 ‘Reformation’ was completed in 1832, and although the last of his numbered symphonies, it was the second to be composed. Typically for Mendelssohn, he had doubts about its quality and soon wrote it off. This self-criticism is highly exaggerated of what is a finely crafted and original work. Similarly, despite the success of its premiere in 1833, Mendelssohn significantly revised and eventually abandoned his ‘Italian’ Symphony, No. 4. Fortunately the original score from the premiere was recovered and published, posthumously, in 1851. The symphony is relatively short and its pervasive lightness of touch lends it a unique character and charm.

“Gardner's approach is entirely logical, given Mendelssohn's markings. The Hebrides is very dramatically played...All in all a fine trio of performances, individual for sure, and an encouraging start to what I hope will be an extended series.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

“[Gardner] and the Birminghamsters catch the hazy “Scottish” atmosphere of the Hebrides, and he is expansive in the outer movements of the Reformation, with its quotation of the Dresden Amen and Luther’s chorale, Ein feste Burg. The Italian Symphony is exhilaratingly delivered — with poetic solos in the andante con moto — especially the breathless Saltarello presto finale.” Sunday Times, 2nd February 2014

“He characterises the land- and seascape of the “Hebrides” Overture with a good ear for storm, surge and serenity, and the purposeful instrumental detail that he elicits is a vital factor, too, in the “Reformation” Symphony.” The Telegraph, 20th February 2014 ****

“Unsurprisingly, the quality of the playing here is very high. I particularly enjoyed the timpani roars in The Hebrides Overture. In the Italian Symphony, Gardner coaxes elegant phrasing from the strings...In contrast, [he] allows the Reformation Symphony its full measure of grandeur and intensity.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 ****

“Did it move me? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes’. The playing is enthusiastic and balances the intimacy and drama of much of this music. Gardner is sympathetic to the nuances of Fingal’s Cave and the sun-drenched pages of the Italian Symphony: he has given me a version of the Reformation Symphony that I can do business with.” MusicWeb International, 28th March 2014

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Chandos Mendelssohn in Birmingham - CHSA5132

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Mendelssohn - Symphonies Nos. 3 - 5 & Overtures

Mendelssohn - Symphonies Nos. 3 - 5 & Overtures


Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

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

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'

Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95

Athalia Overture

Heimkehr aus der Fremde Overture

A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21


EMI Gemini - 3817882

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

Mendelssohn:

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

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'

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

revised version (1834)


Building a Library

Runner-Up - January 2002

DG - E4591562

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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1


Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'


Musikkollegium Winterthur, Thomas Zehetmair

A new coup by the Musikkollegium Winterthur! Its complete recording of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s symphonies – this time Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5 – continues with Thomas Zehetmair at the conductor’s desk of the oldest Swiss orchestra. And once again a gripping interpretation is the result; the Winterthur musicians demonstrate their special philharmonic class, producing a nimble and subtle sound.

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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 'Italian' & 5 'Reformation'

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 'Italian' & 5 'Reformation'


Mendelssohn:

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

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'


Mendelssohn was a skilled draughtsman and water colourist. He drew and painted all his life, and when he went to Scotland and Italy in an era before the invention of the camera, he fixed his memories by drawing his favorite sites. He also recorded his travels in music. He visited Scotland in 1829 when he was twenty years old and in Holyrood Castle, contemplating the chambers of Mary Queen of Scots, he found the beginning of his Scottish Symphony. Paradoxically, this most spontaneous and fluent of composers took thirteen years to finish the symphony.

Charles Munch and the BSO recorded famous performances of Felix Mendelssohn’s last three symphonies for RCA Victor that have remained available for more than fifty years, so it comes as a surprise that the composer’s music did not figure as prominently as one might think in the repertoire that Munch conducted with the BSO during his tenure as music director.

Munch left well-known recordings of the last three Mendelssohn symphonies with the BSO and of course conducted all three in concert, but not very often – No. 3, the “Scottish”, nine times in just one season (including tour performances); No. 4, the “Italian”, sixteen times in two seasons. He conducted No 5, the “Reformation”, more often than the others (twenty-two times in three seasons), and it is apparently the only work by Mendelssohn that he recorded with an orchestra other than the BSO.

Here is the reissue of his 1957 recordings of these wonderful works.

United Classics - T2CD2013009

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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5


Mendelssohn:

String Symphony No. 4 in C minor

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'


Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Ola Rudner

ARS Produktion - ARS38111

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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3-5

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3-5


Franck, C:

Le Chasseur maudit

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Philadelphia Orchestra

Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'

New Philharmonia Orchestra

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

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27


Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Symphony, Riccardo Muti’s choice for his first orchestral recording, led Gramophone magazine to judge that: ‘Muti seems a natural Mendelssohnian … this could hardly be more auspicious … full of electricity and a sense of occasion.’ The ‘Italian’ Symphony was subsequently greeted as ‘a glowing, exhilarating performance’, while assessing the ‘Reformation’ Symphony, the reviewer stated: ‘I am immediately impressed’. Complementing the works by Mendelssohn in this collection are tone-poems by Liszt and Franck.

EMI Riccardo Muti Edition - 0979722

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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5


Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Recorded at the Neues Festspielhaus, Salzburg on 21st August 1960

Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'

Recorded in Köln on 19th July 1957

WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln

Capriccio Brillant in B minor Op. 22

Recorded in Minneapolis on 4th December 1940

Joanna Graudan (piano)

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra


Andromeda - ANDRCD9091

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$9.25

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Mendelssohn Edition

Mendelssohn Edition


Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

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

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Jascha Heifetz (violin)

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

The Fair Melusine Overture, Op. 32

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 (excerpts)

Edna Philips (soprano)

String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 87: Adagio e lento


This is one of the most important double-CD sets to be issued of the conducting genius of Arturo Toscanini, for it brings together virtually every single work by Mendelssohn he ever conducted in the USA. We have the last three symphonies- the Scotch, Italian and Reformation, plus the Violin Concerto with Jascha Heifetz (they never recorded it commercially) and three Overtures together with the Midsummer Night's Dream music. This is also the only recording of Toscanini conducting the Scotch - the only performance he ever gave in the USA - and the only recording of him conducting the Italian in which he makes the important first movement repeat. This is a unique release, commemorating also the Mendelssohn bicentenary, which will be widely welcomed by all collectors.

Recorded 1941-54

Guild - GHCD2358/59

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