Mendelssohn: Overture & Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mendelssohn: Overture & Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream

by Iván FischerIván Fischer

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Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer just seems to be getting better and better, and the commercial success of this Channel Classics release gives encouraging indications that in a musical world that tends to pursue the latest phenomenon, there is still room for a well-considered performance from a veteran. Fischer has conducted Mendelssohn's "Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night's Dream" before with various ensembles, but here, with his hand-shaped Budapest Festival Orchestra that he has led for years, he produces a version that is just about nonpareil. Fischer's tempos are quick, yet there isn't a phrase that coasts along on momentum: each one has something to say. The famed Wedding March has not a hint of triteness, and the overture lives up to Fischer's bold claim that the players were making the music "for the fairies." Sample the Dance of the Clowns for a taste of Fischer's sense of humor in general and for his ability to make small passages vivid, like the consequent phrase of the opening material. Other advantages are the little-known Eastern European singers and the Pro Arte Women's Choir of Nyiregyhaza in the vocal passages, and the three little-performed songs by Fanny Mendelssohn that wind down the program, looking in places beyond Felix's music stylistically.

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Release Date: 06/22/2018
Label: Channel Classics Nl
UPC: 0723385374183
catalogNumber: 37418
Rank: 5450


  1. Gondellied, song for voice & piano, Op. 1/6 (H. 377)
  2. Geständnis ("Kennst du nicht das Gluthwer"), song for voice & piano, Op. 9/2
  3. Die Mainacht, song for voice & piano, Op. 9/6 (H. 331)
  4. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61

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