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Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream

3 Mar 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Feb 2002
  • Release Date: 1 Feb 2002
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 1985 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 57:21
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  • ASIN: B001JK2P1W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,722 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James C. Kellam on 15 May 2012
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This is a clear winner: the music is complete, including all the melodramas - and the vocals are beautifully sung in English.

I much prefer to have it presented like this, rather than in the usual extended suite. The melodramas are fascinating.

Previn and the LSO give a wonderful performance and no allowance needs to be made for EMI's analogue sound which positively glows.

The recording shows up many a modern digital effort. This is a splendid disc which would enhance anyone's collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By philip James Beere on 14 Jan 2013
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This is a lovely piece of music and I marvel at the piano playing. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys full orchestral music.
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Haitink, Abbado, Ozawa sets are all readings I enjoy in my collection, but the extra sense of presence that comes from this atmospheric emi recording and the magical lightness of touch in Previn's direction makes this my top choice.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
After thirty years, Previn's Mendelssohn is still enchanted 16 July 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Andre Previn was at his freshest and most involved in 1976 when he made his acclaimed recording of Mendelssohn's complete Midsummer Night's Dream music, all 57 min. worth. It's become fashionable to include some spoken dialogue (as Abbado does on his Sony recording with the Berlin Phil.) so that we can capture the melding of Mendelssohn with Shakespeare. Previn's version is dialogue free, but he is unusually alert and sparkling here.

One secret is taking slower than normal tempos, which gives the orchestra space to phrase with more imagination. You really do participate in a wordless drama of romance and magic, and thanks to EMI's sterling engineering, which highlights all the delicious detials of the LSO's playing, thrice-familiar music sounds new and engaging. That's the secret--Previn doesn't tkae a single bar for granted, so listeners old and new can immrese themselves in Mendelsoohn's immortal fairy whimsy. Even the scaling back to a smaller orchestral sound--far removed from the symphonic breadth of, say, Klemperer--makes us feel that we have traveled to a world of delicate enchantment. Highly recommended.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting performance of magic music 21 Jan 2003
By Gontroppo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Have you had the opportunity to hear Mendelssohn's music performed with the Shakespeare play? We went to a performance where veteran Shakespearean actors, husband and wife John Bell and Anna Volska, acted every single part in the play, while the Sydney Opera and Ballet Orchestra performed the music. [It took about 2 minutes to adjust to a cast of 2!]
Some people have called it "Great Music for a Silly Play," but I think both play and music are superb. By the way, it is not true that Mendelssohn wrote the music at the age of 17: he did write the overture then (which is an amazing feat), but the rest was written in his maturity.
This recording does *not* feature the play, too, but it is one of my favourites. It is one of the earliest CDs we bought, and it is terrific that it is still available.
The music is superb, and the performances of the orchestra, soloists and children's choir are top notch.
This is one of the best pieces of Nineteenth Century Music. You may find that you play it more frequently than most CDs in your collection.
Highly recommended.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Quite simply, the best Midsummer Nights Dream anywhere 2 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This EMI recording came out in the late 1970s, and quite simply, no one else has come close to capturing the sheer beauty and quicksilver lightness of Mendelssohn's scoring. Andre Previn and his London forces have done a masterful job. One of those discs that should never be allowed to go out of print.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great performance of great music. 29 July 2002
By D. R. Schryer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream is a masterpiece -- perhaps his greatest composition. Although the overture was written when Mendelssohn was 17 and the rest of the incidental music was written during his early 30s, the music blends together seamlessly and conveys a uniquely magical atmosphere. Unfortunately, few conductor's fully capture this fairy-like atmosphere, but Andre Previn does. The only conductor who compared with Previn in this music was the late Peter Maag, but Maag recorded only excerpts of this music, whereas Previn presents the complete score. Other pluses of this recording are the excellent singing (in English), both by the sopranos and by the children's choir. This is an outstanding CD is every respect and no lover of classical music should miss it.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
"If music be the food of love " 30 Oct 2000
By Rudy Avila - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Like the reviewer before me mentioned, this is the best version of Midsummer Night's Dream out there. EMI labels are in fact high quality and I highly recommend them to music fans. Shakespeare has had a profound influence and inspiration in classical music. Mendelsshon was only 17 when he composed this "incidental music " meant to be played during the dialogue and action of the actual play itself. This piece is overflowing with Mendelsshon's genius. The Overture is a sunny orchestral piece, a fine example on how Mozart's relatively cheerful music had a deep influence on Mendelsshon. The same goes for the allegro-tempoed pieces heard throught much of the action in the play. In the Wedding March, Mendelsshon left his mark to the world. It is one of the most famous bits of music as it is used in weddings world-wide. The use of chorus is masterful and nearly operatic. "Come not near our fairie queen " sing the fairies in one of such chorus and the Final Chorus, as the play draws to an end is magnificent to hear. There is much Romanticism utilized, Mendelsshon being an noted Romantic composer and we hear this through the Nocturne and the slower movements. This is a must have for classical afficionados. I truly enjoyed it and rate it five stars!
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