Pro Musica - Budapest Festival Orchestra - Iván Fischer Mendelssohn : Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mendelssohn : Incidental Music to "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Pro Musica - Budapest Festival Orchestra - Iván Fischer

Released on September 7, 2018 by Channel Classics Records

Main artist: Iván Fischer

Genre: Classical

Distinctions: 4F de Télérama ( October 2018)

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

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With one of the very best orchestras in the world, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, one of today’s most fascinating conductor, Iván Fischer, offers one of the most beautiful recent interpretations of Mendelssohn’s integral A Midsummer Night's Dream. In other words: first the Overture, the phenomenal stroke of genius of a seventeen-year-old – one can only wonder where he discovered all of these orchestral inventions, as in 1826, templates were still rare and Berlioz had yet to enter the musical scene. Afterwards, the remaining pieces were composed sixteen years later for the theatrical presentation of Shakespeare’s play with musical interludes: thirteen very diverse pieces, ranging from the fabulous Scherzo − a masterpiece of finesse and orchestral invention – to delicious singing moments, as well as a pre-Mahler funeral march (reminiscent of Frère Jacques from Mahler’s Symphony No. 1), the overly well-known wedding march, the grotesque dance, and many more. There is little doubt that this is, if not Mendelssohn’s greatest masterpiece, at least one of his absolute pinnacle works. Presented here in a truly irresistible interpretation. © SM/Qobuz

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Album : 1 disk - 13 tracks Total length : 00:56:26

    Incidental music to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by Shakespeare, Op. 61 (Felix Mendelssohn)
  1. 1 Overture (Allegro di molto)

    Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, composer Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

  2. 2 Scherzo (Allegro vivace) (For soprano, alto, women's choir, orchestra)

    Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, composer Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

  3. Incidental music to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Shakespeare, opus 61
  4. 3 Allegro vivace

    Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, composer Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

  5. 4 Song with choir (First & Second Fairies, Choir)

    Anna Lucia Richter, soprano (First Fairy) - Barbara Kozelj, alto (Second Fairy) - Pro Musica (Women's Choir), Nyíregyháza - Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, composer Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

  6. 5 Intermezzo (Allegro appassionato)

    Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, composer Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

  7. 6 Notturno (Andante tranquillo)

    Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, composer Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

  8. 7 Wedding March (Allegro vivace)

    Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, composer Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

  9. 8 Funeral March (Andante comodo)

    Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, composer Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

  10. 9 Dance of the clowns (Allegro di molto)

    Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, composer Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

  11. 10 Finale (Allegro di molto)

    Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, composer Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

  12. Die Mainacht, Op. 9 No .6 (Fanny Mendelssohn)
  13. 11 May Night, Op. 9 No .6 (For soprano)

    Anna Lucia Richter, soprano - Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Fanny Mendelssohn, composer - Ludwig Hölty (1748-1776), poet Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

  14. Ferne, Op. 9 No. 2
  15. 12 Distance, Op. 9 No. 2 (For soprano)

    Anna Lucia Richter, soprano - Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Fanny Mendelssohn, composer - Johann Ludwig Tieck (1773-1853), poet Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

  16. Gondellied, Op. 1 No. 6
  17. 13 Gondola Song, Op. 1 No. 6 (For soprano)

    Anna Lucia Richter, soprano - Budapest Festival Orchestra - Ivan Fischer, conductor - Fanny Mendelssohn, composer - Emanuel von Geibel (1815-1884), poet Copyright : (C) 2018 Channel Classics Records (P) 2018 Channel Classics Records

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  • With one of the very best orchestras in the world, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, one of today’s most fascinating conductor, Iván Fischer, offers one of the most beautiful recent interpretations of Mendelssohn’s integral A Midsummer Night's Dream. In other words: first the Overture, the phenomenal stroke of genius of a seventeen-year-old – one can only wonder where he discovered all of these orchestral inventions, as in 1826, templates were still rare and Berlioz had yet to enter the musical scene. Afterwards, the remaining pieces were composed sixteen years later for the theatrical presentation of Shakespeare’s play with musical interludes: thirteen very diverse pieces, ranging from the fabulous Scherzo − a masterpiece of finesse and orchestral invention – to delicious singing moments, as well as a pre-Mahler funeral march (reminiscent of Frère Jacques from Mahler’s Symphony No. 1), the overly well-known wedding march, the grotesque dance, and many more. There is little doubt that this is, if not Mendelssohn’s greatest masterpiece, at least one of his absolute pinnacle works. Presented here in a truly irresistible interpretation. © SM/Qobuz

Details of original recording:

Recorded January 2015, Palace of Arts, Budapest

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