Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SACD + Blu-ray Audio)
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Label: LSO Live
Cat No: LSO0795
Format: SACD + Blu-ray Audio
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 3rd February 2017
London Symphony Orchestra
ConductorJohn Eliot Gardiner
Mendelssohn, who adored Shakespeare’s writings, composed his concert overture based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1827 aged 17, after having read a German translation of the play. The overture was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece and quickly became a popular favourite throughout Europe. Years later in 1843 he was asked by the King of Prussia to provide a score for an entire production: 14 short works based on themes and moods from the original overture, with a broadly romantic sound although classical in style and structure.
The Pure Audio Blu-ray disc includes bonus footage of the concert performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.1, alongside high-resolution master audio.
"It was the consistent suavity of the LSO’s playing under Gardiner’s baton that impressed most of all. The winds were outstanding in Mendelssohn’s shimmering score" - The Guardian *****
"You’d have had to have been an ass to find this performance of Mendelssohn’s incidental music … anything other than magical… John Eliot Gardiner unlocked both the silken beauty of this music and its evanescence" - The Times *****
"I doubt I’ll hear it better played than the LSO under Sir John Eliot Gardiner… This performance tingled with drama" - Bachtrack ****
Recorded live in DSD128fs at the Barbican Hall, 16 February 2016
SACD Hybrid + Pure Audio Blu-ray
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