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Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture, Symphonies no 1 and 4 / Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
One of the most enjoyable discs I've listened to in a long time... Litton, for my money, gets it right every time. He... makes clear distinctions between fast and slow: in the Italian Symphony, the first movement goes like the wind, though with no sense of undue haste, while the third movement still retains the grace and dignity of the minuet from which it derives. How good, too, to come across a conductor who is not afraid to make his orchestra play pianississimo! ...one of the most delicious moments comes near the start of the second movement of the Italian Symphony where the strings are joined by the two flutes, both vibrato-free. At the other extreme, the C major coda of this movement lifts you out of your seat.

Gramophone Magazine
From the hushed polyphony of the slow introduction [of the First]...to a truly exultant finale, Litton and his spruce Bergen orchestra banish any hint of turgidity. Tempo and character are acutely judged...Litton's Scottish likewise combines verve, textual clarity and a vivid sense of atmosphere.

Sunday Times
There's no denying that this is an enjoyable account of [this] perennial work, with woodwind playing both crisp and expressive, luminous string textures and well-judged tempi.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grieg Hall; Bergen, Norway (08/2007).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/08/1839

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Running Time: 30 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/31/1824

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Notes: Composition written: 03/13/1833.
  • Running Time: 28 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/13/1833