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Mendelssohn In Birmingham Vol. 1 [Edward Gardner, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra] [Chandos: CHSA 5132] [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (3 Feb 2014)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00HFEBY36
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Hebrides - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2. Symphony No. 5 Reformation - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
3. Symphony No. 4 Italian - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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'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.

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Les Hébrides - Symphonies n°4 & n°5 / City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, direction

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 16 Mar 2014
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It was a revalation to hear these works performed in the same builing that the Composer worked in the 1830's and 1840's. The CBSO and Ed Gardner are magnificent, particularly in the 5th symphony.

Can't wait for the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mendelssohn in Birmingham 17 Mar 2014
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Felix Mendelssohn had a long association with Birmingham, and it's Town Hall. This recording done in that same building by a brilliant orchestra, is a reminder that Mendelssohn's music is still loved in that city. Good sound quality, excellent recording and interpretation.
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Fine performances put in a historical context remembering Mendelssohn's own visits and performances of his music. I particularly enjoyed the Hebrides Overture in this highly dramatic and thoughtful account. Such works can easily appear jaded and over familiar. This performance had me listening anew. I eagerly await the rest of the cycle having missed Gardner and the CBSO's concerts in the Town and Symphony Halls.
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