Richard Wagner once described his fellow composer Felix Mendelssohn as a painter of landscapes in music. Mendelssohn obviously had no objections to this judgment when he set off for England with the intention of gathering folk melodies that he heard there. What he harvested during his travels came to fruition 12 years later in the form of his "Scottish" Symphony, now heard in this wonderful performance by Peter Maag and the London Symphony Orchestra. Maag's intelligent conducting retains a balance between magical romantic timbre and analytical objectivity, whereby a wholly intentional underlying elegiac mood even spreads its veil over the hymnal third movement and the thrilling finale. His well-moulded interpretation is supported by a clearly stratified orchestral sound which is a real joy to hear, remaining pure and refined. Many a Mendelssohn lover would say that this recording should be cast in iron for posterity. But instead, here it is on 45rpm a real collectors item!
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Overture 'The Herbrides' - Fingal's Cave, Op. 26
Symphony No. 3 in A Minor - 'The Scotch', Op. 56
Scherzo Assai Vivace