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Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol. 2 - Ruy Blas; Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 / City of Birmingham SO; Gardner

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Fanfare Magazine
Mendelssohn's First Symphony is in fact a re-orchestration by the composer of his final string symphony (one of thirteen composed in his youth as 'practice' exercises); its youthful spirit comes across clearly in this performance by the CBSO under Edward Gardner, while the liveliness of the Scottish Symphony is as joyful as one could wish.

Financial Times, 23rd August 2014
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its principal guest conductor, Edward Gardner, prove to be interpreters in the best tradition of the city. The symphonies Nos 1 and 3, the "Scottish", get splendidly vital performances that go at quite a lick.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2014
Gardner conducts these pieces with a highly satisfying blend of freedom and discipline. In some of Mendelssohn's more lyrical moments...you need a metronome to judge his rhythmic flexibility, so naturally does he apply it...and throughout the disc the strings articulate with splendid vigour.

MusicWeb International, 1st December 2014
It is essential that [No. 1's] music's clarity and precision should be respected although in itself this is not enough. Urgency and an unsentimental response to the deeper and more lyrical aspects are also essential. All of these are present here with the result that even the more obviously derivative parts of the work are enjoyable...this is a very worthwhile addition to the catalogue, especially for the performance of the Symphony No. 1.

'Mendelssohn in Birmingham' is Edward Gardner's ongoing series with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra devoted to the symphonies of Mendelssohn. The first volume, opulently recorded in Birmingham's historic Town Hall, was roundly praised. Here in Volume 2 Gardner takes on the youthful Symphony No. 1, the brooding 'Scottish' Symphony No. 3 and the Overture Ruy Blas.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Town Hall, Birmingham (02/16/2014); Town Hall, Birmingham (10/25/2013/10/26/2013).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/08/1839

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Town Hall, Birmingham (10/25/2013/10/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/31/1824

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish"
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Town Hall, Birmingham (10/25/2013/10/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 01/20/1842