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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 "Reformation" / Zehetmair

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was just fifteen years old when he completed his first symphony. Since the child prodigy had already delivered twelve symphonies for string orchestra, it was actually only his first symphony in which a full-fledged wind section perfectly complemented the strings. Even among the composer's contemporaries it met with almost unanimous enthusiasm, and the young star was mentioned in the same breath with Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven!

A mere five years later Mendelssohn composed his "Reformation Symphony," which today is counted as his fifth symphony. Just before he had rediscovered Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and the influences are quite audible: baroque compositional technique and magisterial counterpoint mark this work, which therefore seemed to some to be "too erudite."

Under Thomas Zehetmair's leadership the Musikkollegium Winterthur trims Mendelssohn's symphonies of their late romantic ballast and provides for pure audio pleasure with its transparent and fresh sound. Moreover, three-dimensional 2+2+2 sound and the finest SACD technique are guaranteed to inspire repeated and rewarding listening!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stadthaus Winterthur (10/10/2012-10/13/2012).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Ensemble: Musikkollegium Winterthur
  • Notes: Stadthaus Winterthur (10/10/2012-10/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/31/1824

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation"
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Ensemble: Musikkollegium Winterthur
  • Notes: Stadthaus Winterthur (10/10/2012-10/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 05/12/1830