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Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 'Scottish'; Die erste Walpurgisnacht (1988)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 'Scottish'; Die erste Walpurgisnacht (1988)

Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 'Scottish'; Die erste Walpurgisnacht (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 66:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Telarc | # CD-80184 | Recorded: 1998

Dohnanyi always gives good Mendelssohn, a composer whose music responds well to his neat, precise, tasteful, understated style of conducting. The Scottish Symphony captured here displays all of these virtues in lively tempos, typically superb playing by the Clevelanders, and a finale in which the add-on coda emerges with impressive naturalness from what has come before. But the real treat is the coupling: Die erste Walpurgisnacht (The First Witches’ Sabbath), a marvelous and (for Mendelssohn) quite ferocious cantata lasting a bit more than half an hour in which a pack of bloodthirsty druids intimidate a bunch of squeamish Christians.

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Gottfried von der Goltz - Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano, Concerto for Piano and Violin (2011)

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Kristian Bezuidenhout, Gottfried von der Goltz - Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano, Concerto for Piano and Violin (2011)

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano, Concerto for Piano and Violin (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 71:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902082 | Recorded: 2010

Three years before the Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, Felix Mendelssohn wrote this amazing Concerto for (forte)piano and violin, built on the Classical model but brimming with new, even iconoclastic ideas. And yet, when it had its first performance in May 1823, the composer was aged just 14! By then he had already written around 100 works, including a Piano Concerto premiered a year earlier. It was not until the late 20th century that they appeared in a critical edition, on which this recording is based.

Evgeny Kissin - The Salzburg Recital: Berg, Chopin, Gershwin, Khrennikov (2022)

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Evgeny Kissin - The Salzburg Recital: Berg, Chopin, Gershwin, Khrennikov (2022)

Evgeny Kissin - The Salzburg Recital: Berg, Chopin, Gershwin, Khrennikov (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 289 Mb | Total time: 98:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 486 2990 | Recorded: 2021

In August 2021, as the Salzburg Festival made a meticulously planned return to full capacity, Evgeny Kissin drew a sell-out crowd to the city’s Grosses Festspielhaus. He treated his audience to a strikingly original programme of works by Berg, Chopin, Gershwin and, to the surprise of some, Khrennikov. A generous selection of encores featured Mendelssohn and Debussy, as well as more Chopin and one of Kissin’s own compositions.

Pablo Heras-Casado, Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Mendelssohn: Symphony No.2 'Lobgesang' (2014)

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Pablo Heras-Casado, Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Mendelssohn: Symphony No.2 'Lobgesang' (2014)

Pablo Heras-Casado, Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.2 'Lobgesang' (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 309 Mb | Total time: 61:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902151 | Recorded: 2012

The 'Lobgesang' or Hymn of Praise, commissioned by the city of Leipzig from its Kapellmeister Mendelssohn to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing in 1840, has elements of all three categories. But, at the opposite pole from Beethoven s Ninth, we have here a symphonic miniature in three movements, intended to act as the overture to the sung part of the work, which is twice as long. Thus this splendid Symphony-Cantata expands into a sweeping vocal and choral epic.

Maria João Pires, John Eliot Gardiner - Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 / Schumann: Piano Concerto (2014)

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Maria João Pires, John Eliot Gardiner - Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 / Schumann: Piano Concerto (2014)

Maria João Pires, John Eliot Gardiner - Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 / Schumann: Piano Concerto (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:16:43 | 361 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: LSO | Catalog: 0765

This release from the London Symphony Orchestra's LSO Live series features a program that the orchestra must have played hundreds of times over its long history: Mendelssohn's well-loved Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 ("Scottish"), and Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, with the Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, in between. There are substantial attractions, but they don't necessarily come where some think they might. What truly sets this recording apart is the extraordinarily graceful performance of the Schumann by Portuguese (and now Brazilian) pianist Maria João Pires, with the LSO keeping itself carefully subordinated to her unusually quiet performance.

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent - Mendelssohn: Paulus Op.36 (1996)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent - Mendelssohn: Paulus Op.36 (1996)

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent - Mendelssohn: Paulus, Op.36 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 590 Mb | Total time: 71:52+57:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901584.85 | Recorded: 1995

This reading shows the gentleness of the work perfectly…The essence of the score that Herreweghe brings out so well is Mendelssohn's flawless counterpoint, not just the fugal choruses but between orchestra and choir or woodwind and strings. The harmonic richness leaps out from the opening of the overture, with its lush orchestration of the chorale Wachet auf. It makes so much sense on a period orchestra.

John Eliot Gardiner, Wiener Philharmoniker - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies No. 4 "Italian"; No. 5 "Reformation" (1998)

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John Eliot Gardiner, Wiener Philharmoniker - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies No. 4 "Italian"; No. 5 "Reformation" (1998)

John Eliot Gardiner, Wiener Philharmoniker - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies No. 4 "Italian"; No. 5 "Reformation" (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 76:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 459 156-2 | Recorded: 1996-1997

Mendelssohn was not like Beethoven or Verdi–his second thoughts were not always better than his first. In fact, not one of the changes he made in his 1834 revision to the Italian Symphony–recorded here for the first time, alongside the original version of 1833–strikes me as an improvement; indeed, the later effort sounds more like a first draft, thinner, more repetitive, melodically less engaging. Nonetheless, it's good to have the composer's refashioning of the score on disc, especially when it's performed as confidently as here, if only to give us a renewed appreciation of what he achieved the first time around. For the familiar version of the Italian Symphony is certainly a masterpiece. And the performance it receives here from the Vienna Philharmonic and John Eliot Gardiner is one of the best currently available: polished and energetic, with plenty of the elegance one expects in Mendelssohn, even when he's at his most animated.

Lorin Hollander - The Complete RCA Album Collection [8CDs] (2022)

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Lorin Hollander - The Complete RCA Album Collection [8CDs] (2022)

Lorin Hollander - The Complete RCA Album Collection [8CDs] (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.64 Gb | Total time: 06:00:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 19439928782 | Recorded: 1958-1973

The American pianist Lorin Hollander was only 14 years old in 1958 when he recorded his first album for RCA, a personal selection of “22 Favorites” entitled Discovering the Piano. Its success led to a sequel the following year. Over the next eight years he produced an acclaimed series of releases for the Red Label, establishing an international career which would eventually encompass more than 2,500 appearances as a pianist, conductor and passionate advocate for arts education. Hollander has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras and collaborated with conductors such as Bernstein, Szell, Ormandy, Leinsdorf, Previn, Haitink, Ozawa and Mehta. Sony Classical is now pleased to present a new 8-disc box set offering Lorin Hollander’s complete RCA discography for the first time on CD.

Hilary Hahn, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Mendelssohn, Shostakovich - Violin Concertos (2002)

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Hilary Hahn, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Mendelssohn, Shostakovich - Violin Concertos (2002)

Hilary Hahn, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Mendelssohn, Shostakovich - Violin Concertos (2002)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:49 | 320 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: SK 89921

Hilary Hahn delights in putting together works that normally don't go together. Her previous pairings of works by Beethoven and Bernstein, Barber and Meyer, and Brahms and Stravinsky went against what most listeners and critics think of as apt disc mates. And in every one so far, Hahn has succeeded: each performance is superb in its own right and each sounds even better in context of the work with which it shares disc space. But not this time. In her new recording of Mendelssohn's E minor and Shostakovich's A minor concertos, Hahn has coupled an astoundingly brilliant performance of the former with a slight and shallow performance of the latter.

Riccardo Chailly, Filarmonica della Scala - Musa Italiana: Mendelssohn, Schubert, Mozart (2022)

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Riccardo Chailly, Filarmonica della Scala - Musa Italiana: Mendelssohn, Schubert,  Mozart (2022)

Riccardo Chailly, Filarmonica della Scala - Musa Italiana: Mendelssohn, Schubert, Mozart (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 64:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 485 2944 | Recorded: 2021

Riccardo Chailly's much-anticipated recording of Mendelssohn's Italian symphony in the revised 1834 version recorded in Dolby Atmos in the glorious, golden auditorium of Teatro alla Scala. Coupled with Schubert's two Rossini-inspired overtures (in the Italian Style) and three Mozart overtures to operas premiered in Milan.

Lars Vogt, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos; Capriccio brillant (2022)

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Lars Vogt, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos; Capriccio brillant (2022)

Lars Vogt, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos; Capriccio brillant (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 204 Mb | Total time: 51:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1400-2 | Recorded: 2021

This new release is pianist-conductor Lars Vogt’s debut album together with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Lars Vogt started his tenure as the new Music Director of the orchestra on 1 July 2020. This album release continues Lars Vogt’s discography of recordings of cornerstone works within the classic piano concerto literature conducting from the keyboard. Previous album releases include the complete piano concertos of Beethoven and Brahms with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. In 2021, Lars Vogt won the OPUS Klassik award for the best solo piano album release of year from his recent Janácek solo album release (ODE 1382-2).

Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3 (2015)

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Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3 (2015)

Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3 (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 71:51 | 386 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-SACD-1990

In 1827, when writing his Quartet in A minor, Op.13, the 18-year-old Felix Mendelssohn was especially interested in Beethovens late quartets at a time when these works were generally written off as confused fantasies of a deaf musician. Mendelssohn's debt to Beethoven is evident in the important role of polyphonic techniques, particularly in the focus on cyclical connections between movements. Ten years on, Mendelssohn composed the three quartets, Op. 44, the D major quartet that closes the present disc the last of these to be completed; on publication, however, Mendelssohn placed it first in the set. Besides the seven complete quartets, Mendelssohn also wrote four individual string quartet movements. These were gathered together and published posthumously as op. 81, and on this second volume of their complete Mendelssohn cycle the Escher Quartet perform two of these pieces, both conceived in August 1847, shortly before the composers death.

Frieder Bernius, Kammerchor Stuttgart - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Magnificat; Kirchenwerke VIII (2008)

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Frieder Bernius, Kammerchor Stuttgart - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Magnificat; Kirchenwerke VIII (2008)

Frieder Bernius, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Magnificat; Kirchenwerke VIII (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 69:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # CAR 83.216 | Recorded: 2008

The Magnificat and Gloria, written in 1822, are Mendelssohn’s first large-scale works which he composed for reasons other than study purposes. The influence of the intense cultivation of Bach by his teacher, Carl Friedrich Zelter, and the Berlin Sing-Akademie are clearly evident, as in the later chorale cantatas. The masterful 19-voice motet, Tu es Petrus, which Mendelssohn gave his sister as a birthday present, he had planned to publish as his very first sacred work. Frieder Bernius and the Kammerchor Stuttgart present a further addition to their model, prizewinning CD series of Mendelssohn’s complete sacred works.

Simon Johnson - B-A-C-H - Anatomy of a Motif: Bach, Brahms, Karg-Elert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Reger, Schumann (2022)

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Simon Johnson - B-A-C-H - Anatomy of a Motif: Bach, Brahms, Karg-Elert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Reger, Schumann (2022)

Simon Johnson - B-A-C-H - Anatomy of a Motif: Bach, Brahms, Karg-Elert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Reger, Schumann (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 574 Mb | Total time: 135:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5285(2) | Recorded: 2021

In mu sical notation in Germany, the letter ‘h’ is used to represent the note b natural. So, the name ‘Bach’ forms an elegant phrase of two pairs of falling semitones. This proved an inspiration to Johann Sebastian, whose musical ‘signature’ appears again and again throughout his extensive output. Two shining examples are included on this album – the ‘unfinished fugue’ Contrapunctus XIV à 4 from Die Kunst der Fuge (as completed by Lionel Rogg) and the exquisite Ricercar à 6 from Musikalisches Opfer. Bach’s signature – as well as musical invention – has directly influenced scores of other composers down the years, as evidenced by the works included here, from Mendelssohn to Karg-Elert.

Susan Landale - Felix Mendelssohn: Les 6 Sonates pour Orgue (2009)

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Susan Landale - Felix Mendelssohn: Les 6 Sonates pour Orgue (2009)

Susan Landale - Felix Mendelssohn: Les 6 Sonates pour Orgue (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 72:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Calliope | # CAL 9751 | Recorded: 2008

The Mendelssohn sonatas are established standard repertoire items for most organists. Comminssioned in London as Voluntaries and then published simultaneously in four different countries, they are notable for their lack of consistent form, ranging from two to four movements, and eight to fifteen minutes in length. Scottish organist Susan Landale graduated from Edinburgh University and then continued her studies with the great French organist Andre Marchal in Paris. She was later appointed organist of St. George's Anglican Church, Paris, a post she held for eighteen years.