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The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend

Complete Symphonies vol. 2: Symphony nos.1 & 3

  • Type SACD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917264128
  • Catalog number CC 72641
  • Release date 20 June 2014
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About the album

What is particularly amazing about the Mendelssohn symphonies is the fact that he is both harking back to old masters like Bach, and, as a child of his time, looking ahead. Especially his Italian and Scottish symphonies are pointing at the future, since Mendelssohn lived in the era of discovery, of der Wanderer. Goethe came up with his jungen Werther, a guy who went away to discover the world and upon returning nothing looked the same. And that is exactly what you can hear in his music: astonishment, translated into music using harmonies we maybe already knew but which in his hands sounded completely fresh and new. Having said that, you can also hear an old-school musical approach. Mendelssohn sometimes uses fugues or chorales we know from older styles. He was the first to bring back those trustworthy techniques – and that, in itself, was also new.

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BBC Music Magazine

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