MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Monteverdi Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner
original title: Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream / John Eliot Gardiner

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  • Continuing his award-winning cycle of works by Felix Mendelssohn, Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads the LSO, his Monteverdi Choir and three talented young actors from the Guildhall in a landmark performance of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', which was performed as part of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. To mark the celebrations, Gardiner produced a special version of the work featuring some cuts to the original movements that, in his words, "remove all of the music relating to the Mechanicals and thus focus on the world of the fairies and the human lovers".
    Mendelssohn, who adored Shakespeare’s writings, composed his concert overture based on 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' in 1827 aged 17, after having read a German translation of the play. The overture was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece and quickly became a popular favourite throughout Europe. Years later in 1843 he was asked by the King of Prussia to provide a score for an entire production: 14 short works based on themes and moods from the original overture, with a broadly romantic sound although classical in style and structure.
    The Pure Audio Blu-ray disc includes bonus footage of the concert performance of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 1, alongside high resolution master audio.

    Concert reviews:
    "It was the consistent suavity of the LSO’s playing under Gardiner’s baton that impressed most of all. The winds were outstanding in Mendelssohn’s shimmering score" The Guardian *****

    "You’d have had to have been an ass to find this performance of Mendelssohn’s incidental music …anything other than magical…John Eliot Gardiner unlocked both the silken beauty of this music and its evanescence" The Times *****

    "I doubt I’ll hear it better played than the LSO under Sir John Eliot Gardiner…This performance tingled with drama" Bachtrack ****
  • Monteverdi Choir
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Alexander Knox, Ceri-lyn Cissone,
    Frankie Wakefield
    Monteverdi Choir
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    SACD Hybrid + Pure Audio Blu-ray | 2 disc jewel case with clear tray
    2.0 stereo | multi-channel 5.1
    Notes in En, Fr, Ge | English libretto with En translation
    Recorded live in DSD128fs at the Barbican Hall, 16th February 2016
  • 1 SACD
    upc/ean. 822231179528
    ref. LSO0795
    release date. 2017-02-03

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