MENDELSSOHN Symphonien Nos. 4+5 / Gardiner

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

Symphonies
No. 4 »Italienische · Italian«
(+ Fassung / Version 1833/34)

No. 5 »Reformation · Riforma«
Wiener Philharmoniker
John Eliot Gardiner
Int. Release 08 Jan. 1999
1 CD / Download
0289 459 1562 3 CD DDD GH


Track List

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 N15 - "Reformation"

Symphony No. 4 In A Major, Op. 90, MWV N 16 - "Italian"

revised version (1834)

Wiener Philharmoniker, John Eliot Gardiner

Total Playing Time 1:16:28

. . . fascinating listening . . . an indispensable issue for any lover of Mendelssohn's music . . . Gardiner, as in Schumann, proves the ideal exponent, here drawing from the Vienna Philharmonic incandescent playing, not just highly polished and full of fine detail, but exhilarating in its energy and rhythmic thrust . . . [that applies not just to the Italian Symphony in both versions] but to the live recording of the Reformation Symphony. There Gardiner is similarly persuasive, adopting speeds on the fast side, which yet have plenty of rhythmic lift, fresh and alert, with all Victorian cobwebs blown away . . . Vivid and atmospheric sound too.