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

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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.

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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: 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'


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DG - 4159742

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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5


Mendelssohn:

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

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


Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend

This hybrid SACD is the third and last in a series of recordings by the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jan Willem de Vriend to feature all the five mature symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn. The two works presented here are the 4th Symphony, known as “The Italian”, and the 5th, which is nicknamed “The Reformation”.

Felix Mendelssohn’s symphonies are numbered according to the time of their publication rather than the dates when they were written. No. 4, “The Italian”, which was written in 1833 is actually the third, whilst No. 5, “The Reformation”, was written in 1830 and the second in terms of composition. In fact Mendelssohn never wanted these works to be published at all, as being a perfectionist he continually revised his work and was not satisfied with either of them. They were not published until after his death. The premiere of the 4th took place in London on 13 May 1833 and was given by the Philharmonic Society. The 5th Symphony was composed around the time of the 300th anniversary of the Confession of Augsburg, a key document of the reformation movement. Mendelssohn wanted to make a contribution towards this national event and incorporated two well-known Protestant melodies into the work.

Jan Willem de Vriend has been the chief conductor and artistic director of The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra since 2006. Over the last eight years this musical combination has developed a formidable reputation on the Dutch and International music scene. It has become particularly notable for its use of period instruments in the brass section, and has consequently developed its own distinctive sound as regards 18th and 19th century repertoire. De Vriend has also been a guest conductor with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The first two recordings in this series featured the 2nd Symphony “Lobegesang” which was released in early 2013 and Symphonies 1 and 3 (CC72641) which came out in July 2014.

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Challenge Classics Jan Willem de Vriend Mendelssohn Symphonies - CC72658

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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 & 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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