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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5; Overtures / LSO; Gardiner

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, in D major Op. 27
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra join forces once again in the latest instalment of their exploration of Mendelssohn's symphonies. The previous release, Mendelssohn's Symphony No 3 'Scottish', Overture: The Hebrides and Schumann's Piano Concerto has received widespread critical acclaim. Gramophone awarded the album Editor's Choice and called it 'a truly memorable performance', International Record Review observed that 'it is so good that it can be recommended without hesitation' and it received an ICMA 2014 nomination in the Best Collection category. Mendelssohn's Symphony No 5, commonly known as the 'Reformation' Symphony, was written in 1830 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Augsberg confession - a seminal event in the Protestant Reformation. Allusions to the symphony's title and inspiration can be heard throughout the music itself; the Dresden Amen is cited by the strings in the first movement whilst the finale is based on Martin Luther's well-known chorale Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott ('A Mighty Fortress is Our God'). Coupled with this are two of Mendelssohn's overtures, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage and Ruy Blas, both of which were inspired by literary works. Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, based on two short poems by Goethe, depicts the journey of sailors at sea with a still adagio opening ultimately giving way to a triumphant homecoming. Completing the album, the overture Ruy Blas was commissioned by the Leipzig Theatre as an overture to Victor Hugo's tragic drama of the same name.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Barbican, London (03/2014/10/2014).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/08/1839

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, in D major Op. 27
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 05/1828

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation"
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 54 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 05/12/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/08/1839

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, in D major Op. 27
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 05/1828

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation"
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 54 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 05/12/1830