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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 4 'Italian' / Sir John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the greatest musical leaders of our day. His Mendelssohn cycle on LSO Live has won multiple awards, and the series showcases his enlightened interpretation and his period performance expertise, even having the musicians stand to play. On the period performance practices of the concerts from which these recordings are taken, Gardiner notes: "it gives a different type of dynamism and energy... it means that the fiddles are freer in the way that they attack the extremely virtuosic lines and it gives a tremendous sense of occasion to the music making." Mendelssohn's First Symphony is presented here with both the original and revised versions of the third movement. It is paired with the Fourth Symphony, which was inspired by the atmosphere of Italy, and is among the most loved of Mendelssohn's works. The composer himself called it "the jolliest piece I've written so far." Reviews of this concert were extraordinary. "The performance of Mendelssohn's 'Italian' Symphony No. 4 was like a joyous high-speed rail journey around the country, taking in sun-soaked landscapes, an upbeat pilgrim's march, and a scalding saltarello that truly felt like a dance to the death." (The Financial Times)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barbican, London (02/16/2016); Barbican, London (03/23/2014).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 65 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/31/1824
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 03/13/1833.
  • Running Time: 52 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/13/1833
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 65 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/31/1824
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 03/13/1833.
  • Running Time: 52 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/13/1833
  • Studio/Live: Live