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Felix Mendelssohn – Symphonies 1 & 4 ‘Italian’ – Sir John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Felix Mendelssohn – Symphonies 1 & 4 ‘Italian’ – Sir John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 62:12 minutes | 1,78 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: | Front Cover | © LSO Live

Constantly in the vanguard of enlightened interpretation, Sir John Eliot Gardiner stands as a leader in today’s musical life. His award-winning Mendelssohn cycle on LSO Live showcases his period performance expertise; the LSO muscians standing to play, highlighting their individual musicianship. As Gardiner notes: “It gives a different type of dynamism and energy… it means that the fiddles are freer in the way that they attack the extremely virtuosic lines and it gives a tremendous sense of occasion to the music making.”

Dramatic and harmonically adventurous, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 1 is presented here in a unique format, with both the original and revised versions of the third movement. As Gardiner said when introducing the work in concert: “It’s not every evening that you get to hear a symphony by a 14-and-a-half-year-old genius and there’s an intriguing complication to this piece. When Mendelssohn came to London in 1829, he performed the symphony and he wrote back to his parents saying: “well, I looked over my symphony and, lord, the minuet bored me to tears! So what I did was to take the scherzo from my Octet and I added a few airy trumpets and it sounded lovely.” Well, actually he did an awful lot more than that; he re-orchestrated absolutely brilliantly. And it’s so good, we thought you should hear that version. But what about the minuet and trio? Why, when he came to publish the symphony did he use that version and leave out the scherzo? I happen to think they’re both really remarkable, as is the whole symphony, and perhaps you’d let us know which you prefer…?”

The Fourth Symphony is inspired by the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Italy and is among the best loved of all the composer’s works. Mendelssohn himself described it as: “the jolliest piece I’ve written so far.” Symphony No 1 was broadcast across Europe on Mezzo TV, alongside Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and this rich video content will be shared to support the release.


1. Symphony No.1 – I. Allegro di molto (10:17)
2. Symphony No.1 – II. Andante (6:31)
3. Symphony No.1 – III. Scherzo. Sempre pianissimo e leggiero (1829 London version) (4:02)
4. Symphony No.1 – III. Menuetto. Allegro molto (1824 original) (6:17)
5. Symphony No.1 – IV. Allegro con fuoco (8:06)
6. Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’ – I. Allegro vivace (10:09)
7. Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’ – II. Andante con moto (5:42)
8. Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’ – III. Con moto moderato (5:46)
9. Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’ – IV. Presto and Finale. Saltarello (5:22)


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