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Mendelssohn: Complete String Symphonies - Markiz

Mendelssohn: Complete String Symphonies - Markiz

BIS  BIS-SACD-1738

Stereo Single Layer

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Mendelssohn: Complete String Symphonies

Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Lev Markiz (conductor)


These exuberant works were all composed between 1821 and 1824, by a composer who had not yet turned 15. They were performed in the Mendelssohn family residence in Berlin, at Sunday concerts during which musicians from the court orchestra performed and the young Felix and his sister Fanny would appear as soloists when called upon.

The opportunity to trace the development of an extremely talented prodigy into a confident composer makes this collection highly interesting. But first and foremost it is a source of tremendous pleasure, with delightful music incorporating influences from Mozart and Haydn, as well as from the Baroque up to and including C.P.E. Bach in expert performances by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta (formerly known as Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam) and Lev Markiz.

As described at the time of the original release by the reviewer in Gramophone it consists of ‘life-enhancing music from the adolescent fast on his way to such miracles as the Octet and Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And performances to match from a group with brilliance of execution and beautiful even tone as a starting-point for the classical athletic grace, joie de vivre, and often striking ideas.’

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Recorded in August 1993 [Nos. 2, 3, 9 & 10]; in April 1994 [No. 13]; in July 1994 [Nos. 1, 5, 6, 7 & 12]; in May 1995 [No. 4]; in July 1995 [No. 11] and in October 1995 [No. 8] at the Concertgebouw, Haarlem, Holland; in March 1996 [No. 8 with winds] at the Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland, 16/44.1

Recording producer and sound engineer: Ingo Petry (Take5 Music Production)

Digital editing: Ingo Petry, Hans Kipfer (Take5 Music Production), Jeffrey Ginn, Stephan Reh

SACD authoring: Bastiaan Kuijt

Recording equipment: Neumann microphones; Studer console (No. 8 with winds: mixing console by Reins Heijnis); Fostex PD-2 DAT recorder; STAX headphones

Executive producer (recordings): Robert von Bahr

Executive producer (SACD reissue compilation): Joachim Budweg
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