Notes & Reviews:
In 1826 Felix Mendelssohn, aged only seventeen, composed his famous overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream. He wrote incidental music for the same play sixteen years later, and effortlessly recaptured the world of his youthful imagination. It sparkles and shimmers with its fairy magic even now. In this recording, the haunting Nocturne, the lively Scherzo and the famous Wedding March are interspersed with 'melodramas' accompanying spoken text from Shakespeare's much-loved play.
"The self-contained numbers...may be familiar items, but on disc...you discover and enjoy so much more: the flashes of instrumental colour, the exquisite little tone paintings that intersperse or accompany the spoken text...Judd's New Zealand and British forces...make it a rewarding experience." -Sunday Times ***
"Anyone who doubts the virtuosity and refinement of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra should hear these splendid performances under James Judd. The Overture sets the pattern with its crisply articulated, well-sprung fairy music and its often brassy contrasts" -Gramophone Magazine
"James Judd conducts the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, which plays the score with much affection...Pepe Becker and Jenny Wollerman...sing engagingly, with excellent diction, as do the sopranos and altos of the two choirs. Puck's closing 'If we shadows have offended' speech is delivered with sincerity, rounding off a truly engaging performance." -International Record Review
Recording information: Motivation Sound Studios (09/14/2009); Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand (09/14/2009); Motivation Sound Studios (2003-09-08_2003-09-10&2007-); Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand (2003-09-08_2003-09-10&2007-).
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Works DetailsMendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Conductor: James Judd
- Notes: Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand (09/14/2009); Motivation Sound Studios (09/14/2009); Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand (2003-09-08_2003-09-10&2007-); Motivation Sound Studios (2003-09-08_2003-09-10&2007-)
- Running Time: 38 min. sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1843