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Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol. 3: Symphony No. 2 'Hymn of Praise'; Calms Sea and Prosperous Voyage / City of Birmingham SO & Chorus; Edward Gardner

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, in D major Op. 27
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 "Lobgesang"
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Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International, February 2015
The playing of the CBSO is of the highest quality, and the perfectly balanced and blended sound of the wind sections is something very special...Edward Gardner is an ideal interpreter of this music, and one can sense how much he and his musicians love it...the whole disc is a rare pleasure.

The third in Chandos's 'Mendelssohn in Birmingham' series with the City of Birmingham Symphony led by Edward Gardner features "Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage" and his Symphony No. 2. The overture's densely textured, slow opening evocation of oceanic calm and the following, quickening full-orchestral crescendo strikingly depict Goethe's verses. The fusion of neo-baroque procedures with romantic sentiment provides the backdrop to a symphony made up of three orchestral movements and a choral finale, in which contrapuntal arias contrast with exuberant, dramatic choral sections.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2015
Calm Sea is one of Mendelssohn's most evocative pieces...and Edward Gardner conducts a most sensitive performance...[in the Symphony] Gardner stresses what over the years we have come to consider the more purely Mendelssohnian attributes, Apollonian qualities such as lightness, line and overall beauty of form.

Sunday Times, 5th April 2015
Gardner favours bright, transparent, woodwind-highlight textures in these amiable accounts, with exquisite solo singing from the sopranos Sophie and Mary Bevan and the tenor Benjamin Hulett in the finale to Mendelssohn's homage to Beethoven's Choral Symphony.

International Record Review, March 2015
This is in every sense an absorbing account [of Calm Sea], exceptionally well played and directed with admirable facility and understanding by Gardner... [the reading of the Second Symphony] is a thoroughly committed and scholarly one, and Gardner manages to invest several of the big choruses with near theatrical conviction... this fine account should certainly impress.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Town Hall, Birmingham (02/15/2014/02/16/2014).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, in D major Op. 27
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Town Hall, Birmingham (02/15/2014/02/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 05/1828

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 "Lobgesang"
  • Performer: Julian Wilkins [Conductor/Piano/Organ] (Organ)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Town Hall, Birmingham (02/15/2014/02/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1840