Sir John Eliot Gardiner - Mendelssohn - Symphony 5 - Reformation, Ruy Blas, Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt - 2015 (SACD-R, ISO)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner – Mendelssohn – Symphony 5 – Reformation, Ruy Blas, Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt – 2015 (SACD-R, ISO)

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Format: ISO
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.1, 2.0
Label: LSO Live
Size: 2.55 GB
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn: Symphony 5 “Reformation”, Ruy Blas, Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt

01.- Ruy Blas, Overture
02.- Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt / Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Overture
Symphony 5 “Reformation”:
03.- i. Andante – Allegro con fuoco
04.- ii. Allegro vivace
05.- iii. Andante
06.- iv. Choral: Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott: Andante con moto – Allegro vivace – Allegro maestoso

Sir John Eliot Gardiner & the London Symphony Orchestra join forces once again in the latest instalment of their exploration of Mendelssohn’s symphonies.

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 5, commonly known as the ‘Reformation’ Symphony, was written in 1830 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Augsberg confession – a seminal event in the Protestant Reformation. Allusions to the symphony’s title & inspiration can be heard throughout the music itself; the Dresden Amen is cited by the strings in the 1st movement whilst the finale is based on Martin Luther’s well-known chorale Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God’).

Coupled with this are 2 of Mendelssohn’s overtures, Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage & Ruy Blas, both of which were inspired by literary works. Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage, based on 2 short poems by Goethe, depicts the journey of sailors at sea with a still adagio opening ultimately giving way to a triumphant homecoming. Completing the album, the overture Ruy Blas was commissioned by the Leipzig Theatre as an overture to Victor Hugo’s tragic drama of the same name.

‘This is something close to the ideal Gardiner experience: stringent while full of expressive detail, close-focus while still drawing the bigger picture. Partnered by the London Symphony Orchestra at its most lithe & virtuosic, Gardiner makes Mendelssohn’s Ruy Blas overture & Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage fizz with excitement, while the Symphony No 5, the Reformation, has no room for stolid sermonising as it practically races to the chorale finale, with some remarkable finesse in the dynamics along the way.’
~Niel Fisher The Times, 9th May 2015

‘Like all of Gardiner s live cycles of the Mendelssohn symphonies at the Barbican, this 1 comes across with pace, clarity & flaming-eyed conviction.’
~Richard Fairman The Financial Times, 15th May 2015

‘Gardiner, with consummate thoroughness, has taken a completely fresh & forensic look at the music, &, without doing anything radical, has virtually reinvented the symphony. It blazes anew: it’s as simple & complex, as direct & sophisticated, as that. There’s not a breath, a phrase, a dynamic or a strand in the texture that has not been scrutinised & grilled as to its function, purpose & place in the music. The whole damn thing bursts into flaming life. I know this symphony; or I thought I did. The LSO, here, is the best period band in the world, while the 2 overtures, Ruy Blas & Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage, are masterpieces still in waiting.’
~Michael Tumelty The Herald Scotland, 7th June 2015



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