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Mendelssohn: The Complete Symphonies, String Symphonies and Concertos
Various Artists

Mendelssohn: The Complete Symphonies, String Symphonies and Concertos

11 CD | | Bis | 7318590020029 | BIS 2002 | 01 September 2012

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Gathered here, the three discs with Felix Mendelssohn’s symphonies recorded in 2007 and 2008 by Andrew Litton and his Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra were warmly received by the reviewers when they were first released. While each instalment, according to the BBC Music Magazine, demonstrated ‘the same wide dynamic range, eloquent phrasing and attention to detail, always with an ear for its contribution to the bigger picture’, performances of individual symphonies were hailed as ‘an exhilarating, thoroughly enjoyable Italian, superbly played and recorded’ (No. 4, Gramophone), ‘finally a Scottish that I have been able to listen to repeatedly with sheer delight’ (No. 3, klassik-heute.de), ‘suitably glowing, with an ideal balance between orchestral sound and chorus’ (No. 2 Lobgesang, Financial Times), and as bringing out ‘all of the rugged Beethovenian character in the Reformation symphony’ (No. 5, MusicWeb International). But this box set also gives the background to the symphonies for full orchestra, through the inclusion of the composer’s 12 string symphonies (and an incomplete 13th), written by a boy not yet fifteen. While forming a striking proof of Mendelssohn’s enormous, and enormously precocious talent, these works also allow us to discover the influences absorbed by the young man, who only one year later would compose his

Symphony No. 1. The recordings, with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta conducted by Lev Markiz, were described in Fanfare as ‘absolutely lovely’ with ‘an exuberance that seems as fresh as that of the youthful composer himself’. And as if all this wasn’t enough, a further four discs offer all of the eight concertos that Mendelssohn composed. These include the youthful works with string orchestra accompaniment (concertos for violin, for piano, for violin and piano, and for two pianos), as well as the mature works for violin and for piano and full orchestra, performed here by Isabelle van Keulen ‘with a soft tone like the finest-spun silk - plus strength to match, when required’ (Gramophone), and Ronald Brautigam, in what has been described as ‘one of the great piano recordings’ (In Tune). 

Tracklisting
    • 1
      Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95, MWV P15
       
      08:03
    • 2
      Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11, MWV N13:
      I. Allegro di molto
       
      10:17
    • 3
      Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11, MWV N13:
      II. Andante
       
      05:58
    • 4
      Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11, MWV N13: III. Menuetto: Allegro molto
      III. Menuetto: Allegro molto
       
      06:05
    • 5
      Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11, MWV N13:
      IV. Allegro con fuoco
       
      08:06
    • 6
      Symphony No. 4 in a major, Op. 90, MWV N16, 'Italian':
      I. Allegro vivace
       
      10:02
    • 7
      Symphony No. 4 in a major, Op. 90, MWV N16, 'Italian':
      II. Andante con moto
       
      05:51
    • 8
      Symphony No. 4 in a major, Op. 90, MWV N16, 'Italian':
      III. Con moto moderato
       
      06:42
    • 9
      Symphony No. 4 in a major, Op. 90, MWV N16, 'Italian':
      IV. Saltarello: Presto
       
      06:04
    • 1
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, MWV A18, 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise):
      I. Sinfonia: Maestoso con moto - Allegro -
       
      11:23
    • 2
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, MWV A18, 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise):
      I. Allegretto un poco agitato -
       
      05:12
    • 3
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, MWV A18, 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise): I. Adagio religioso
      I. Adagio religioso
       
      06:41
    • 4
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, MWV A18, 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise):
      II. Alles was Odem hat (Chorus) -
       
      06:35
    • 5
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, MWV A18, 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise):
      III. Recitative: Saget es, die ihr erlost seid (Tenor) -
       
      02:46
    • 6
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, MWV A18, 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise):
      IV. Sagt es, die ihr erloset seid (Chorus)
       
      01:47
    • 7
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, MWV A18, 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise):
      V. Ich harrete des Herrn (2 Sopranos, Chorus)
       
      04:56
    • 8
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, MWV A18, 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise):
      VI. Stricke des Todes hatten uns umfangen (Tenor) -
       
      04:07
    • 9
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, MWV A18, 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise):
      VI. Die Nacht ist vergangen (Soprano) - VII. Die Nacht ist vergangen (C
       
      04:33
    • 10
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, MWV A18, 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise):
      VIII. Chorale: Nun danket alle Gott (Chorus)
       
      04:25
    • 11
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, MWV A18, 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise):
      IX. Drum sing' ich mit meinem Liede (Soprano, Tenor)
       
      04:33
    • 12
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, MWV A18, 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise):
      X. Ihr Volker, bringet her dem Herrn (Chorus)
       
      05:34
    • 13
      Applause
       
      00:34
    • 1
      Symphony No. 3 in a minor, Op. 56, MWV N19, 'Scottish':
      I. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai animato
       
      16:02
    • 2
      Symphony No. 3 in a minor, Op. 56, MWV N19, 'Scottish':
      II. Vivace non troppo
       
      04:13
    • 3
      Symphony No. 3 in a minor, Op. 56, MWV N19, 'Scottish':
      III. Adagio
       
      09:49
    • 4
      Symphony No. 3 in a minor, Op. 56, MWV N19, 'Scottish':
      IV. Allegro maestoso assai - Allegro maestoso assai
       
      10:05
    • 5
      Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107, MWV N15, 'Reformation':
      I. Andante - Allegro con fuoco
       
      11:34
    • 6
      Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107, MWV N15, 'Reformation':
      II. Allegro vivace
       
      05:48
    • 7
      Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107, MWV N15, 'Reformation':
      III. Andante
       
      03:35
    • 8
      Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107, MWV N15, 'Reformation':
      IV. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
       
      09:10
    • 1
      Sinfonia No. 1 in C major, MWV N1:
      I. Allegro
       
      04:50
    • 2
      Sinfonia No. 1 in C major, MWV N1:
      II. Andante
       
      03:51
    • 3
      Sinfonia No. 1 in C major, MWV N1:
      III. Allegro
       
      02:59
    • 4
      Sinfonia No. 6 in E flat major, MWV N6:
      I. Allegro
       
      04:02
    • 5
      Sinfonia No. 6 in E flat major, MWV N6:
      II. Menuetto
       
      05:01
    • 6
      Sinfonia No. 6 in E flat major, MWV N6:
      III. Prestissimo
       
      03:39
    • 7
      Sinfonia No. 7 in D minor, MWV N7:
      I. Allegro
       
      05:01
    • 8
      Sinfonia No. 7 in D minor, MWV N7:
      II. Andante
       
      05:39
    • 9
      Sinfonia No. 7 in D minor, MWV N7:
      III. Menuetto
       
      06:00
    • 10
      Sinfonia No. 7 in D minor, MWV N7:
      IV. Allegro molto
       
      07:35
    • 11
      Sinfonia No. 12 in G minor, MWV N12, 'Fuga':
      I. Fuga: Grave - Allegro
       
      05:25
    • 12
      Sinfonia No. 12 in G minor, MWV N12, 'Fuga':
      II. Andante
       
      06:37
    • 13
      Sinfonia No. 12 in G minor, MWV N12, 'Fuga':
      III. Allegro molto
       
      09:49
    • 1
      Sinfonia No. 2 in D major, MWV N2:
      I. Allegro
       
      04:09
    • 2
      Sinfonia No. 2 in D major, MWV N2:
      II. Andante
       
      04:40
    • 3
      Sinfonia No. 2 in D major, MWV N2:
      III. Allegro
       
      02:18
    • 4
      Sinfonia No. 3 in E minor, MWV N3:
      I. Allegro di molto
       
      03:29
    • 5
      Sinfonia No. 3 in E minor, MWV N3:
      II. Andante
       
      02:48
    • 6
      Sinfonia No. 3 in E minor, MWV N3:
      III. Allegro
       
      02:35
    • 7
      Sinfonia No. 9 in C major, MWV N9:
      I. Grave - Allegro
       
      10:23
    • 8
      Sinfonia No. 9 in C major, MWV N9:
      II. Andante
       
      06:12
    • 9
      Sinfonia No. 9 in C major, MWV N9:
      III. Scherzo
       
      03:02
    • 10
      Sinfonia No. 9 in C major, MWV N9:
      IV. Allegro vivace
       
      09:11
    • 11
      String Symphony No. 10 in B minor
      Adagio – Allegro
       
      10:04
    • 1
      String Symphony No. 4 in C minor
      I. Grave – Allegro
       
      03:24
    • 2
      String Symphony No. 4 in C minor
      II. Andante
       
      02:58
    • 3
      String Symphony No. 4 in C minor
      III. Allegro vivace
       
      02:28
    • 4
      String Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
      I. Allegro vivace
       
      04:31
    • 5
      String Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
      II. Andante
       
      03:02
    • 6
      String Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
      III. Presto
       
      03:39
    • 7
      String Symphony No. 13 in C minor
      Grave – Allegro molto
       
      07:22
    • 8
      String Symphony No. 8 in D major
      I. Adagio – Allegro
       
      10:11
    • 9
      String Symphony No. 8 in D major
      II. Adagio
       
      04:43
    • 10
      String Symphony No. 8 in D major
      III. Menuetto. Allegro molto
       
      05:02
    • 11
      String Symphony No. 8 in D major
      IV. Allegro molto
       
      09:16
    • 1
      String Symphony No. 8 in D major
      I. Adagio e grave – Allegro
       
      10:34
    • 2
      String Symphony No. 8 in D major
      II. Adagio
       
      04:46
    • 3
      String Symphony No. 8 in D major
      III. Menuetto (Allegro molto) & Trio (Presto)
       
      05:20
    • 4
      String Symphony No. 8 in D major
      IV. Allegro molto
       
      09:34
    • 5
      String Symphony No. 11 in F major
      I. Adagio – Allegro molto
       
      12:02
    • 6
      String Symphony No. 11 in F major
      II. Scherzo. Commodo. Schweizerlied
       
      04:36
    • 7
      String Symphony No. 11 in F major
      III. Adagio
       
      08:07
    • 8
      String Symphony No. 11 in F major
      IV. Menuetto. Allegro moderato
       
      04:21
    • 9
      String Symphony No. 11 in F major
      V. Allegro molto
       
      08:44
    • 1
      Concerto in D minor for Violin and String Orchestra
      I. Allegro molto
       
      08:40
    • 2
      Concerto in D minor for Violin and String Orchestra
      II. Andante
       
      07:47
    • 3
      Concerto in D minor for Violin and String Orchestra
      III. Allegro
       
      03:53
    • 4
      Scherzo from Octet, Op. 20
      Sempre pianissimo e leggiero
       
      04:16
    • 5
      Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64
      I. Allegro con fuoco
       
      11:50
    • 6
      Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64
      II. Andante
       
      07:09
    • 7
      Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64
      III. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace
       
      06:42
    • 1
      Concerto in A minor for Piano and String Orchestra
      I. Allegro
       
      13:42
    • 2
      Concerto in A minor for Piano and String Orchestra
      II. Adagio
       
      08:30
    • 3
      Concerto in A minor for Piano and String Orchestra
      III. Finale. Allegro ma non troppo
       
      09:18
    • 4
      Concerto No.1 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25
      I. Molto allegro con fuoco
       
      06:58
    • 5
      Concerto No.1 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25
      II. Andante
       
      05:54
    • 6
      Concerto No.1 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25
      III. Presto
       
      05:49
    • 7
      Concerto No. 2 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 40
      I. Allegro appassionato
       
      08:53
    • 8
      Concerto No. 2 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 40
      II. Adagio – Molto sostenuto
       
      05:39
    • 9
      Concerto No. 2 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 40
      III. Finale. Presto scherzando
       
      05:58
    • 1
      Concerto in D minor for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra
      I. Allegro
       
      17:05
    • 2
      Concerto in D minor for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra
      II. Adagio
       
      08:00
    • 3
      Concerto in D minor for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra
      III. Allegro molto
       
      08:27
    • 4
      Capriccio brillant, Op. 22
      Andante – Allegro con fuoco
       
      10:26
    • 5
      Rondo brillant, Op. 29
      Presto
       
      09:55
    • 6
      Serenade and Allegro giocoso, Op. 43
      Andante – Allegro giocoso
       
      11:49
    • 1
      Concerto in E major for Two Pianos and Orchestra
      I. Allegro vivace
       
      12:25
    • 2
      Concerto in E major for Two Pianos and Orchestra
      II. Adagio non troppo
       
      10:21
    • 3
      Concerto in E major for Two Pianos and Orchestra
      III. Allegro
       
      07:48
    • 4
      Concerto in A flat major for Two Pianos and Orchestra
      I. Allegro vivace
       
      17:05
    • 5
      Concerto in A flat major for Two Pianos and Orchestra
      II. Andante
       
      10:31
    • 6
      Concerto in A flat major for Two Pianos and Orchestra
      III. Allegro vivace
       
      13:27