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Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol 5 - Gardner

Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol 5 - Gardner

Chandos  CHSA 5235

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Mendelssohn: Die schöne Melusine, Op. 32, Overture to Paulus, Op. 36, ‘Trumpet’ Overture, Op. 101, Overture to Athalie, Op. 74, The Hebrides, Op. 26, Overture to Ruy Blas, Op. 95, Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 27, Ein Sommernachtstraum, Op. 21

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)


Edward Gardner’s Mendelssohn in Birmingham series continues with an album that collects eight overtures. Mendelssohn composed the majority of the works in the programme as concert overtures, spanning the length of his career, from the early Ein Sommernachtstraum (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), composed when he was just sixteen, through to Ruy Blas, written towards the end of his life.

He composed two of these overtures as the opening movement of larger works: Paulus, his first great oratorio, from 1836, and Athalie, incidental music written for Racine’s play. The ‘Trumpet’ Overture is the earliest work here, written possibly to precede a performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and allegedly the favourite, among Mendelssohn’s works, of Mendelssohn’s father!

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Recorded on 20 and 21 October 2013 (The Hebrides); on 16 February 2014 (Ruy Blas); on 15 and 16 February 2014 (Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt); on 13 and 14 July 2015 (Ein Sommernachtstraum), & on 10 and 11 July 2018 (other works), 24/96

Recording producer: Brian Pidgeon

Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens

Assistant engineers: Robert Gilmour (Ein Sommernachtstraum) and Jonathan Cooper (other works)

Editor: Jonathan Cooper

A&R administrator: Sue Shortridge