Mendelssohn - Symphonies 3 "Scottish" and 4 "Italian".
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This is as thrilling an account of the two most popular Mendelssohn symphonies as you are likely to hear. The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra has an excellent reputation for the accuracy of its playing, and Herbert Blomstedt uses this as a starting point for his fresh and spontaneous interpretations: it actually feels like he is approaching the music with all the awe and wonder of a young tyro, and yet he has a weight of experience behind him. He controls the fearsome changes of tempi in the first movement of the Scottish Symphony with ease, and never lets a single repeated semiquaver (and there are plenty of them!) in the second movement slip out of place. And in the third movement he avoids the danger of treacly sentiment and opts for a brisk, delicate feel. The orchestra plays with astonishing beauty: the strings shimmer, the winds play as one, and the brass has a clear, bright edge which never slips into mere blaring. This is Mendelssohn out of the nineteenth and into the twenty-first century. -- Warwick Thompson
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Just be aware that as at 2016 this CD is a deletion from the catalogue (to Universal/Decca's shame), and the current offerings are almost certain to be a remanufactured (under licence) CD-R edition. Although the content is equal to the original, the long-term durability of CD-Rs, compared to standard CDs, may be a factor for some buyers to consider .
presented with grace and power. Fast and strong when needed, calm and sweet in the slow tempi.The DECCA sound is more than perfect and deserve the fame this company gets among audiophiles.All in all a very enjoyable disc of good music performed by a great conductor and a top orchestra.
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