Following his critically acclaimed recording of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.2, Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado returns with Symphonies Nos.3 and 4, this time leading the Freiburger Barockorchester. Both works have origins in the composer’s 1829- 1831 tour of Europe. Symphony No.3, sometimes called the “Scottish” symphony, was inspired by a visit to the ruined Holyrood Chapel in Edinburgh in 1829. It was not completed until 1842, making it, chronologically, the last of his five symphonies. Symphony No.4, called the “Italian” symphony, was born of the color and atmosphere of Italy, and was completed in Berlin in 1833.
"There is no single body of work in the universe of orchestral music that is in any way comparable to this one" (Leonard Bernstein on the Beethoven Symphonies). "He has a way of reminding you what the music can do: no one else today can make the great C major eruption in the Marcia funebre of No.3 blaze like this." - Gramophone
This hybrid SACD is the third and last in a series of recordings by the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jan Willem de Vriend to feature all the five mature symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn. The two works presented here are the 4th Symphony, known as “The Italian”, and the 5th, which is nicknamed “The Reformation”.
"…The sound has remarkable little tape hiss, and is typical of the Boston recordings from this source. The strings are warm and solid, the brass not as piercing and obviously virtuostic as at Chicago, the stereo spread rather wide but without a hole in the middle, the orchestra bathed in a lush but not overresonant acoustic." ~sa-cd.net
The New York Times
"Conducted with intense dedication and soaring spirits by Mr. Bernstein, these recordings are superb, both visually and aurally."
From the Director
Leonard Bernstein says about these recordings from the late 70s and 80s, all directed by Humphrey Burton, that there is "no single body of work in the universe of orchestral music that is in any way comparable to this one."
"I offer [this cycle] to all music-loving ears as a testament of faith and of my most profound reactions to this greatest of all composers."–Leonard Bernstein
In remembrance of his 90th birthday, Deutsche Grammophon releases a magnificent 7-DVD box set with Leonard Bernstein conducting and talking about the works of Ludwig van Beethoven. From splendid places in Vienna and Amsterdam, Leonard Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. This ambitious and accomplished box includes all of Ludwig van Beethoven's nine symphonies, the piano concertos with Krystian Zimerman, the monumental Missa solemnis and overtures together with the string quartet op. 131, excerpts from The Creatures of Prometheus and the choral fantasy op. 80.