MENDELSSHON Symphonies / Nézet-Séguin

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

Symphonies Nos. 1-5
Behle · Gauvin · Mühlemann
RIAS-Kammerchor
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Int. Release 16 Jun. 2017
3 CDs / Download
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Tracklisting

CD 1: Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1-5

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Symphony No. 1 In C Minor, Op. 11, MWV N 13

Symphony No. 3 In A Minor, Op. 56, MWV N 18 - "Scottish"

Chamber Orchestra Of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Gesamtspielzeit: 1:12:56

CD 2: Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1-5

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Symphony No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 52, MWV A 18 - "Hymn Of Praise"

Chamber Orchestra Of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

RIAS Kammerchor, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Karina Gauvin, RIAS Kammerchor, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Daniel Behle, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

RIAS Kammerchor, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Karina Gauvin, Regula Mühlemann, RIAS-Kammerchor, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Karina Gauvin, Daniel Behle, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

RIAS Kammerchor, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Karina Gauvin, Daniel Behle, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

RIAS Kammerchor, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Gesamtspielzeit: 1:06:58

CD 3: Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1-5

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Symphony No. 4 In A Major, Op. 90, MWV N 16 - "Italian"

Symphony No. 5 In D Minor, Op. 107, MWV N 15 - "Reformation"

Chamber Orchestra Of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Gesamtspielzeit: 1:00:04

. . . [in Symphony no. 1, Nézet-Séguin and his COE colleagues speak Mendelssohn's musical language] with absolute fluency. One of the most brilliant facets of Nézet-Séguin's artistry is his ability to simultaneously emphasize both a piece's drama and its lyricism, and that facet sparkles throughout the performances on these discs . . . [Mendelssohn 2]: Karina Gauvin offers excellent diction . . . allied here with vocalism of unassailable concentration and poise. The tonal beauty of tenor Daniel Behle's singing of the recitative "Saget es, die ihr erlöst seid durch den Herrn" . . . is stirring, but the subtlety of his enunciation of text is no less impressive . . . Gauvin and soprano Regula Mühlemann blend their very different voices with consummate skill . . . [in the Third, the "Scottish" symphony, Nézet-Séguin's] affinity for Mendelssohn's musical portrait of the country is unmistakable . . . [this performance of the Symphony no. 4] is representative of a fusion of engaging moxie with irreproachable musicianship . . . [Mendelssohn 5]: Nézet-Séguin leads this performance of the "Reformation" with controlled zeal. The COE strings' articulation in the Allegro vivace compels admiration, and the orchestra's brass playing is praiseworthy throughout . . .

. . . [Symphony no. 2] is the triumph of the set, and it's Nézet-Séguin's artistic breakthrough . . . [it] benefits from the smaller-scale performance here, which reveals more content, and more compelling content, to the extent that this performance may be a new landmark . . . The set as a whole is a solid traversal of the five symphonies, with as much of a consistent approach as one could hope for in such different works.