Otto Klemperer conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus for this recording of Mendelssohn's Incidental Music to Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.
Otto Klemperer was very much a man of the theatre. "Here, opera and drama were truly united," he said of his time at Berlins Kroll Theatre, a progressive and influential force in the heady years of the Weimar Republic. He was also a man with a sharp sense of humour: this performance of Mendelssohns incidental music to Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream both glows with enchantment and sparkles with wit.
Digitally remastered in 24-bit 96kHz at Abbey Road Studios
Made in the EU
Heather Harper, soprano (A-4, B-6)
Janet Baker, contralto (A-4)
The Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
Otto Klemperer, conductor
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Incidental Music to "A Midsummer Night's Dream", opp. 21 (Overture) & 61 (excerpts)
3. March of the Fairies
4. Song with Chorus: "Ye spotted snakes"
3. Wedding March
4. Funeral March
5. Dance of the Clowns