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Mendelssohn: 5 Symphonies, 7 Overtures (DG Collectors Edition) Box set

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  • Performer: London Symphony Chorus, Elizabeth Connell, Karita Mattila, Hans-Peter Blochwitz
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (11 Nov. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00005ONMP
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Symphony No.1 op.11
  2. Scherzo in G minor (ex. op.20)
  3. A Midsummer Night's Dream op.21
  4. The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) op.26
  5. Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage op.27

Disc: 2

  1. Symphony No.2 op.52 "Hymn Of Praise"

Disc: 3

  1. Symphony No.3 op.56 "Scottish"
  2. Fair Melusine op.32
  3. Trumpet Overture op.101
  4. Ruy Blas op.95
  5. Symphony No.4 "Italian" op.90
  6. Symphony No.5 op.107 "Reformation"
  7. Overture for Wind Instruments (Harmoniemusik) op.24

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ABBADO CLAUDIO / LONDON S. O.

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This wonderful boxed-set comprises a grand total of 4 CD's featuring Mendelssohn's entire Symphonic output (Nos. 1 - 5), whilst also managing to squeeze in his seven Overtures for good measure. Felix's third Symphony ("Scottish") and fourth Symphony ("Italian") are probably the most widely performed pieces nowadays, but nonetheless it has been quite interesting for me to familiarise myself with some of his lesser known works.
If you are reading this review, it is likely that you may well be familiar with some of Mendelssohn's more popular Overtures such as "A Midsummer Night's Dream" or "The Hebrides" (commonly referred to as "Fingal's Cave") for example, whilst not forgetting to mention "Ruy Blas" etc. At the time, the London Symphony Orchestra were at the top of their game under the masterful baton of Claudio Abbado and at no point during exhaustive listening sessions to these exceptional recordings can I find fault with the musical interpretations of these works.
Incidentally, the recording venues were especially chosen for their renowned acoustics by Deutsche Grammophon's exacting sound engineers and include those found at the respective churches of All Saints, Tooting, S.W. London and St. John's, Smith Square central London, as well as Walthamstow's Town Hall in east London. Personally, I would not hesitate for one moment to highly recommend these delightful discs to anyone considering the purchase of Mendelssohn's Symphonic output. In all honesty I regard this boxed-set of CD's as a genuine bargain, because the total cost amounted to just over £14.00 inc P&P, which works out at roughly £3.50 per disc. In conclusion I feel sure you will enjoy these recordings so purchase with absolute confidence.
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If youre looking for a set of Mendelssohn symphonies look no further. For your money you get wonderful performances of all the Mendelssohn symphonies plus you get the wondeful overtures, my favourites being the 'trumpet' and 'overure for wind instruments'. If youre not looking for a set of mendelssohn symphonies why not? These have to be some of the most under- rated symphonies in the repertoire. The 'Italian' is the most famous -and Abbado leads a cracking rendition here, however I prefer the superb No. 5 'Reformation'. Not forgetting No. 2 'Lobesgang (Hymm of praise) - a chilled version of Beethoven's Choral. I could go on - but money on this set will not be wasted.
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Look no further than this for an excellent set of Mendelssohn Symphonies and Overtures, superbly recorded and peformed. Always rather underestimated, in my opinion, compared to Beethoven and Schubert. Shame though, that the text for the "Hymn of Praise" (Symphony Nr 2)is not included in the notes..
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By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jun. 2011
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Claudio Abbado and the London Symphony Orchestra offer exceptionally stylish and fresh performances of five symphonies by Mendelssohn. The whole set is beautifully recorded.
They had recorded these pieces before but this recording is the recording by Abbado and the LSO that really matters.
Here we get Mendelssohn's mature symphonies plus three overtures and the orchestral arrangement (in shortened form) of the Scherzo from his String Octet.

On this release we get the whole of Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang ("Hymn of Praise"), a few seconds short of 75 minutes.
It must be said that is in this choral symphony the advantage of the wide-ranging digital sound comes out most strikingly, in clarifying the big sound of the choir. At the same time providing extra weight of sound, notably in the way that pedal notes on the organ come over in a rich and realistic way. This is particularly impressive.
As to interpretation, Abbado conveys a keen sense of joy with a wide expressive range.
Abbado uses a slow speed for the Andante that creates a warm but unmannered phrasing. Again, in the choral finale Abbado's speed is a bit more relaxed and the sense of joyful release is strong. Elizabeth Connell is tenderly affecting by being placed slightly at a distance. Then the chorus comes in with even more impact to signal the arrival of day. Earlier, Connell and the second soprano, Karita Mattila, are nicely matched in the duet with chorus, "Ich harrete des Herrn"
The recording helps to give them sweetness just as apt for the music. Hans-Peter Blochwitz's (tenor) is very good with beauty and natural feeling for words and phrasing. And the singing of the London Symphony Chorus is particularly beautiful in the chorale.
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By Andrew C. Mitchell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 April 2015
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What an exhilarating box of treats! Firstly, what an amazing tribute to the man who accomplished so much in his youth! Practically, half of the contents of this box were written before Mendelssohn was out of his teens. This includes a really good symphony that outshines many mature composers' first efforts at symphonic writing. The Scherzo in G minor is a setting for orchestra of a movement of the Octet and Mendelssohn used this as an alternative movement in the First Symphony.The Trumpet Overture and the Overture for Wind Instruments deserve to be better known. They are very good and totally enjoyable. Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is less well known than The Hebrides Overture but both are beautifully rendered here. There are two more overtures written in the 1830s - 'The Fair Melusina' which again has the sound of the sea, and the overture 'Ruy Blas' which has some undertones of Berlioz. Then there are the symphonies of Mendelssohn's mature years. He does not seem to have liked his 'Reformation' Symphony and it did not get published until after his death. However it has lot of music in it that is worth hearing. The 'Italian' and the 'Scottish' Symphonies are very popular works and Claudio Abbado with the London Symphony Orchestra play them fittingly beautifully. I particularly like the performance of the slow movement of the 'Scottish'. The pinnacle of this box set may well be the 'Hymn of Praise' (Lobgesang)- effectively both a cantata and a symphony - lasting more than seventy minutes - all the elements are brought effectively together - the London Symphony Chorus, the soloists and the orchestra - a fitting conclusion to this treasury of the works of Mendelssohn.
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