Mendelssohn Symphonies & Overtures

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Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56 (Scottish)
Symphony No.4 in A, Op.90 (Italian)
Symphony No.5 in D, Op.107 (Reformation)
The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave), Op.26
Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage), Op.27
Athalie, Op.74
Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde, Op.89
Ruy Blas, Op.95

Reviewed by: Colin Anderson

Reviewed: April 2007
CD No: EMI 3 81788 2 (2 CDs)
Duration: 2 hours 31 minutes

Muti directs the symphonies with flair and discipline; these are weighty, sonorous, and dynamic accounts, all-repeats-observed, the ‘Scottish’ especially epic. The finale of the ‘Italian’ tries to break the speed record, though, but without compromising ensemble or finesse. The ‘Reformation’ is carefully sculpted, dramatic and rhetorical, the scherzo delightful, the Andante blissfully tender. Atzmon leads atmospheric versions of the overtures.

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