Monteverdi Choir, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Eliot Gardiner – Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Monteverdi Choir, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Eliot Gardiner – Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:12 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Classical
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Continuing his award-winning Mendelssohn cycle, John Eliot Gardiner leads the London Symphony Orchestra, his Monteverdi Choir and three aspiring actors from the Guildhall School in a landmark performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was performed and recorded live as part of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Gardiner produces a personal version of the work featuring some cuts to the original melodrama movements (of course, nothing gets cut in the main movements, or those purely musical with no spoken text), in his words, ‘removing all of the music relating to the Mechanicals and thus focusing on the world of the fairies and the human lovers.’ Mendelssohn composed his concert overture based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1827 at the young age of 17. The overture was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece and quickly became a popular favourite throughout Europe. Years later, namely in 1843, he was asked by the King of Prussia to provide a score as the incidental music to an entire production. It’s made of fourteen short numbers based on themes and moods from the original overture, with a broadly romantic sound although classical in style and structure. According to the Evening Standard‘Gardiner’s Mendelssohn with the LSO packs a surprisingly hefty punch’, while Classic FM reports thats ‘as you might expect, Gardiner brings his love of authentic performance into his approach – the LSO strings sound bright and breezy as they evoke Mendelssohn’s Scotland.’

1. Overture
2. Incidental music: Narration – “Ay me! For aught that I could ever read”
3. No 1 Scherzo
4. No 2 L’istesso tempo
5. No 2a Allegro vivace
6. No 3 Lied mit Chor
7. No 4 Andante
8. No 5 Allegro appassionato
9. No 7 Nocturne (Con moto tranquillo)
10. No 8 Andante
11. No 9 Hochzeitmarsch (“Wedding March”) & No 12 Allegro vivace come primo
12. Finale (Allegro di molto)



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