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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 'Scottish' & 4 'Italian'

Notes & Reviews:

Financial Times, 15th June 2013
Brnggen imparts a light-footed fluency that makes the music sound as if the ink is still drying on the page.

Sunday Times, 23rd June 2013
Brnggen is now an old-looking 78, but his musical energy is undiminished in these fine re-recordings..With his period band, he brings these big Mendelssohn pieces closer to the airy, transparent sound world of the Midsummer Night's Dream music.

Early Music Review, August 2013
My instant reaction on first sampling the opening track was that this orchestra makes such a marvellous sound... The pizzicato passages were a particular joy. The phrasing is springy and always driving forward and above all everyone sounds really happy to be playing the music. The perfect CD for the end of a difficult day.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2013
The [Scottish] Symphony's wind-dominated opening finds Bruggen taking Mendelssohn's cue for a show of clouds, where his period instruments suggest the texture of seasoned wood. This is a broad, thoughtfully pondered account...but if you view the Italian as sunny and invigorating, definitely sample before purchase.


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