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Mendelssohn: The String Symphonies / The Hanover Band; Roy Goodman

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 1 in C major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 2 in D major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 3 in E minor
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 4 in C minor
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony for Strings no 5 in B flat major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony for Strings no 6 in E flat major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony for Strings no 10 in B minor
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 7 in D minor
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony for Strings no 8 in D major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 12 in G minor
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 9 in C major ("Swiss")
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 11 in F major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony for Strings no 13 in C minor "Symphoniesatz"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Drawn from the worldwide holdings of Sony Classical Music and re-mastered in 24bit High Resolution Audio, these smart, desirable and collectible EU (Germany) pressed import multi-disc editions, replete with legendary artists, offer many of the finest, most sought-after recordings in the classical discography. The slender, shelf-friendly box frontages feature large, prominently displayed photos of the edition's featured artist, work listings at the back, with the CDs themselves housed in protective sleeves that divulge the recording specifics for each performance.

While the youthful string symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn may not be the best things he ever composed -- surely the Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, the Octet for Strings, the Violin Concerto in E minor, and the Italian and Scottish Symphonies have that honor -- one could certainly make the case that Mendelssohn never really got much better as a composer than he was in the string symphonies. The effortlessness and eloquence of his technique, the lightness and lyricism of his melodies, the brightness and brilliance of his scoring, and above all the sheer vivacious charm of the music makes the case that, had Mendelssohn never lived past 15, he could still be counted a great composer.

At any rate, that is the argument one could make after listening to Roy Goodman and the Hanover Band's terrific recording of Mendelssohn's string symphonies. The fact that the Hanover Band is a period instrument ensemble matters as little as the fact that Goodman was a boy soprano: their playing is sprightly and infectious and his conducting is joyous and delightful. Goodman does not attempt to dampen and thus distort Mendelssohn's music with a pose of faux gravitas as Kurt Masur had in his recording of the string symphonies, but rather lets Mendelssohn romp and roar with youthful energy and enthusiasm, and the result is a pure pleasure in music-making. RCA's digital sound is real and vivid.

– James Leonard, All Music Guide


Works:

Symphony for Strings no 1 in C major by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: 1821; Germany

Symphony for Strings no 2 in D major by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: 1821; Germany

Symphony for Strings no 3 in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: 1821; Germany

Symphony for Strings no 4 in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: 1821; Germany

Symphony for Strings no 5 in B flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: 1821; Germany

Symphony for Strings no 6 in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: 1821; Germany

Symphony for Strings no 7 in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1821-22; Germany

Symphony for Strings no 8 in D major by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: 1822; Germany

Symphony for Strings no 9 in C major by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823; Germany

Symphony for Strings no 10 in B minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823; Germany

Symphony for Strings no 11 in F major by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823; Germany

Symphony for Strings no 12 in G minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823; Germany

Symphony for Strings no 13 in C minor “Symphoniesatz” by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanover Band
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823; Germany



Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 1 in C major
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: The Hanover Band
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: by 09/05/1821

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 2 in D major
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: by 09/05/1821

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 3 in E minor
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: by 09/05/1821

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 4 in C minor
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 09/05/1821

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony for Strings no 5 in B flat major
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 09/21/1821

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony for Strings no 6 in E flat major
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1821

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony for Strings no 10 in B minor
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 05/18/1823

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 7 in D minor
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony for Strings no 8 in D major
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 11/27/1822

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 12 in G minor
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 09/17/1823

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 9 in C major ("Swiss")
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/12/1823

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra no 11 in F major
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 40 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 07/12/1823

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony for Strings no 13 in C minor "Symphoniesatz"
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (1992-11-18_1992-11-20&1993-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 12/29/1823