Symphony no. 2 (
Felix Mendelssohn
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Choir Consensus Vocalis

Symphony no. 2 ('Lobgesang')

SACD hybride | Challenge Classics | 0608917254327 | CC 72543 | 02-13

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A new theme in the discography of The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jan Willem de Vriend: Mendelssohn's Symphonies!
Perhaps this is a form of awakening: the dawning of the rediscovery and re-appreciation of Mendelssohn. Jan Willem de Vriend and his orchestra make their contribution to this. Ferdinand David, the concertmaster of the Gewandhaus Orchester and a friend of Mendelssohn’s, was played a role in the first publications of sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and many other composers. He provided the fingerings and bowings for these editions. De Vriend got copies of the editions and closely studied them, learning much about how music was played at that time. Through this, he and his orchestra more fully assimilated Mendelssohn and have their own Mendelssohn. This CD will surely become your own Mendelssohn. Enjoy the music.
"Mendelssohn's Lobgesang is undoubtedly the greatest work that has proceeded from any German composer since Beethoven. It is great in plan, great in development, and masterly in detail." (From: Annual report - Sacred Harmonic Society London (1844))  That Lobgesang was nevertheless forgotten, despite its qualities and reviews such as the previous, is largely due to comparisons with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which immediately sprang up, and the large vocal portion of the work. The comparison – see below – was unfavourable for Mendelssohn. Let alone that every symphony, regardless of who wrote it, was compared with Beethoven’s masterpieces.(from the linernotes of this cd)

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Jan Willem de Vriend mit einer spektakulären Interpretation von Mendelssohns Lobgesang-Sinfonie

Felix Mendelssohns großartige Sinfonie Nr. 2 „Der Lobgesang“ – die Sinfonie-Kantate zur Feier des 400. Jahrestages des Buchdrucks ist mit herausragenden Solisten besetzt und wird geleitet von Jan Willem de Vriend. Der niederländische Dirigent hat sich in den letzten Jahren weltweit einen großen Namen errungen und mit seinen sinfonischen Interpretationen gezeigt, dass er in diesem Genre zu Hause ist. Gemeinsam mit dem Netherlands Symphony Orchestra ermöglicht er dem Zuhörer einen spektakulären und einmaligen Blick in Mendelssohns musikalische Welt.

"It appears no less than a veritable contribution, and proofs how our national amateur choirs in the past quarter century have developed positively"
19-09-2013 CC 72543 - Symphony no. 2 (Lobgesang) - Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Choir Consensus Vocalis,
13-06-2013 CC 72543 JWdV - Lobgesang - NRC Handelsblad 13/06/2013
01-05-2013 CC 72543 - Music Web - JW de Vriend, Mendelssohn Lobgesang
01-05-2013 CC 72543 - Lobgesang - Grammophone
19-04-2013 CC 72543 - Irish Times - JW de Vriend, Mendelssohn Lobgesang
01-04-2013 CC 72543 - Fono Forum - "Lobgesang" Symphony no. 2 de Vriend
01-03-2013 CC 72543 - Lobgesang - hifi & records

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