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Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scotch" - "The Hebrides" Overture (Fingal's Cave)
The Philharmonia Orchestra - Otto Klemperer
Testament has revived these classic titles from the EMI catalog using only the original EMI master tapes,cut onto lacquer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios and mastered using full analog techniques throughout production.
Otto Klemperer was a great champion on Mendelssohn's orchestral works throughout his long career. There is a tendency for interpreters to play this composer's output in a superficial manner, but Klemperer uniquely brought out the strength and character in the music, and thus revealed its true stature more tellingly than perhaps any other interpreter. This towering but still elegant and charming interpretation of the Scottish Symphony was recorded in January 1960, when Klemperer was at the peak of his powers during the last and most successful phase of his career. With the Philharmonia Orchestra in vintage form and first-rate recording quality achieved by the engineers under the direction of the legendary producer Walter Legge, this was an outstanding LP production which has been memorably re-created by Testament in its latest vinyl production.
Otto Klemperer conducting the Phiharmonia Orchestra. Mendelssohn was one of the most gifted musicians of his age. Beginning to compose at the age of eleven he soon showed a degree of precociousness beside which even Mozart's must appear as less amazing. Mendelssohn enchants by an easy flow of graceful, elegantly tailored melody, by the perfection of his form and, in his orchestral works, by his instrumentation which is vivid, colorful and light.
miraculous, wonderful surprised the Romantics on strangest: elves and magic, forest and ruins, madness and the blue flower - the "night side of nature", as it called. What wonder that prodigy and thoroughbred romantics Felix Mendelssohn have been incurred in 1829 the age of 22 on his trip to Scotland in dunstverhüllten and misty castles and Nessieland impressions that had to be music simple and daunting. And what wonder that the Scottish on and be inspired marvels today fix the common concert repertoire includes: "The Hebrides Overture" (1832), and "The Scottish Symphony" (1842). The experience of nature, the atmosphere, the play of light and the sounds that whispered in the air and water to the Hebrides Islands and surged through the famous Fingal's Cave, the young composer flooded such that it the same day you ran to a friend's family to the music that he had already in the ear, try on the piano. Although it was Sunday and according to British custom music and other amusements prohibited succeeded Mendelssohn, herauszuweibeln least a few chords - preludes to a wonderful tone poem. Considerably longer than the "Hebrides" rankled Mendelssohn the "Scottish".
About 13 years before he made his debut with the young Scotland wrote travelers to his family. "I think I've now seen in the old chapel the beginning of my Scottish Symphony" was the talk of the overgrown ruins of the chapel of Holyrood Palace had where Mary Queen of Scots lived and loved and where she had been crowned before it was knocked off the crowned head. Truly wonderful material for a symphonic tone poem which the mighty Wortwerk Shakespeare inferior in drama and romance to nothing. Wonderful compositions wondrous music, wonderful feel, wonder of wonders.
Otto Klemperer, conductor
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Overture "The Hebrides" (Fingal's Cave), Op. 26
Symphony No. 3 In A Minor, Op. 56 ("Scotch")
First Movement: Andante Con Moto - Allegro Un Poco Agitato - Assai Animato - Andante Come Prima
Second Movement: Vivace Non Troppo
Third Movement: Adagio
Fourth Movement: Allegro Vivacissimo - Allegro Maestoso Asai
Testament has revived these classic titles from the EMI catalog using only the original EMI master tapes, cut onto lacquer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios and mastered using full analog techniques throughout production.