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Mendelssohn - Symphonies Nos 1 & 3

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Catalogue numberBIS-2469 SACD
Release date2021-12-01
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time66:26

Having begun their collaboration in 1997, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and its conductor laureate Thomas Dausgaard have developed an unusually tight partnership. Nowhere is this demonstrated more clearly than in their cycles of the symphonies of Schumann, Schubert and, most recently, Brahms – performances which have been characterized by reviewers as variously ‘fresh’, ‘vivid’, ‘transparent’ and ‘invigorating’.

Of Mendelssohn the team has previously recorded the incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a release described as ‘capturing Mendelssohn’s inimitable spirit’ on the website Crescendo. The same disc included The Hebrides, and now the SCO and Dausgaard return to Scotland, with Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Symphony. This was begun in 1829, after a stay in London during which the composer conducted his Symphony No. 1, also included on this disc. Mendelssohn’s imagination was often fired by impressions from nature, and Scotland was the Romantic landscape par excellence, celebrated for its rugged Highland scenery and melancholy tunes. ‘I think that today I found the beginning of my ‘Scottish’ Symphony’, he wrote to his parents after a visit to the ruined chapel at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. It took more than a decade for him to complete the symphony – but ever since its first performance, in 1842, it has been a staple of the symphonic repertoire.
 
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  Composer: Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
  Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11 29:42
01 I. Allegro di molto 09:37 $ 2.31 USD
02 II. Andante 05:56 $ 1.42 USD
03 III. Minuetto 06:00 $ 1.44 USD
04 IV. Allegro con fuoco 08:09 $ 1.96 USD
 
  Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, 'Scottish' 36:39
05 I. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai
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14:28 $ 3.47 USD
06 II. Vivace non troppo 04:22 $ 1.05 USD
07 III. Adagio 08:44 $ 2.10 USD
08 IV. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai 09:05 $ 2.18 USD
 
  Album total 66:26
ComposerMendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
OrchestraSwedish Chamber Orchestra (Svenska Kammarorkestern)
ConductorDausgaard, Thomas

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