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Various Artists

Mendelssohn: The Complete Symphonies, String Symphonies and Concertos

  • Type CD
  • Label Bis
  • UPC 7318590020029
  • Catalog number BIS 2002
  • Release date 01 September 2012
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About the album

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). 

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

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