Mendelssohn, Schumann: Symphonies
Antal Doráti
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4840506
Barcode
00028948405060
Format
2-CD
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CD 1                

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809–1847)

1–4 Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 ‘Italian’*                                                                            

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

 

5–7 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64                                                                                                  

Henryk Szeryng, violin

London Symphony Orchestra

 

8–11 Ein Sommernachtstraum (excerpts)°                                                                                          

Wiener Symphoniker

 

CD 2                

1 Overture: Die Hebriden, Op. 26                                                                                                            

2–5 Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 ‘Scottish’                                                                           

London Symphony Orchestra                                                                                                                     

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810–1856)

6–9 Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120*                                                                                           

London Symphony Orchestra

 

Antal Doráti

 

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

°FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Track previews
Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, MWV N 16, "Italian": 1. Allegro vivace
The Hebrides, Op. 26
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: 3. Scherzo
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: 2. Romanze. Ziemlich langsam
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: 1. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, MWV N 18 "Scottish": 4. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai
Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, MWV N 18 "Scottish": 3. Adagio
Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, MWV N 18 "Scottish": 2. Vivace non troppo
Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, MWV N 18 "Scottish": 1. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai animato - Andante come prima
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music, Op. 61: IX. Wedding March
Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, MWV N 16, "Italian": 2. Andante con moto
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music, Op. 61: VII. Notturno
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music, Op. 61: I. Scherzo
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Overture, Op. 21
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, MWV O 14: 3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, MWV O 14: 2. Andante
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, MWV O 14: 1. Allegro molto appassionato
Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, MWV N 16, "Italian": 4. Saltarello. Presto
Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, MWV N 16, "Italian": 3. Con moto moderato
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: 4. Langsam - Lebhaft
Recording information

Recording Producers: David Hall (Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4); Harold Lawrence (Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Schumann: Symphony No. 4); Alan Melville (Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, Die Hebriden); unknown (Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Recording Engineers: C. Robert Fine (Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3, 4, Die Hebriden; Schumann: Symphony No. 4); Robert Eberenz (Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto)
Recording Locations: Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA, 1953 (Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4); Watford Town Hall, London, UK, 18–19 July 1963 (Schumann: Symphony No. 4), 3 July 1964 (Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, UK, 3–4 July 1956 (Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3), 5 July 1956 (Mendelssohn: Die Hebriden); Vienna, September 1958 (Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Original Mercury Releases: MG 50010 (Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4): 1953; MG50406 / SR90406 (Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto): November 1965; SR 90123 / MG 50123 (Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, Die Hebriden): May 1960 (stereo), December 1957 (mono); SR 90511 (Schumann: Symphony No. 4): June 1969
Original Philips Release: Philips 875 010 (Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream): 1958

Reviews

“Doráti pushes the Italian Symphony through with considerable vivacity … a very acceptable version of the work for those listeners seeking in it primarily verve and brilliance.” Gramophone, June 1954 (Italian Symphony)

“A nice, stylish version … much neat and enjoyable solo playing, and some beautiful string tone.” Gramophone, October 1959 (Scottish Symphony)

“His performances are dapper and nicely felt. I particularly like his crisp, vivid approach to the Mendelssohn.” Gramophone, December 1959 (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

“There is propulsive energy here … The London Symphony plays well for Doráti, as always. The recorded sound is transparent and crisp.” Stereo Review, January 1970 (Schumann)

“Great affection and A-1 musicianship.” Stereo Review, January 1966 (Violin Concerto)