A 5-CD box set of Mendelssohn’s major orchestral music, collected from much admired recordings made by Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, in the early 1990s.
The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – the orchestra that Mendelssohn himself led for twelve years at the end of the 19th century.
Ivan March in Gramophone (April 1994) commended the recordings of the symphonies as “developing a naturally warm, flowing momentum and the excitement rises spontaneously from the music-making.”
Andreas Richter in Der Tagesspiegel (9 May 1994) praised Masur’s live performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture as “moving between mysterious whisperings and bucolic exuberance, the whole infused by Kurt Masur with a constantly vibrating sense of excitement.”
The soloist in the Piano Concertos is maverick French-Cypriot pianist Cyprien Katsaris: “Here is a genuine thinker at the piano… It almost sounded like a time machine had taken us back to the best of the golden age pianists” said the New York Times of a recent live concert.
The concertos are supplemented with the Capriccio brillant, a rarely heard but witty showpiece for piano and orchestra.
This reissue is released at budget price with new packaging and cover art.