Mendelssohn, Felix - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Dausgaard, Thomas

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Camilla Tilling, soprano
Magdalena Risberg, soprano
Radiokören, Svenska Kammarorkestern / Thomas Dausgaard

Many people's greatest concern is that they are unable to decide which of Mendelssohn's overtures is actually the most beautiful, the best. Even before now it was a difficult decision, and now a fourth such piece has appeared.' This is how Robert Schumann, in 1836, began his discussion of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's overture to The Fair Melusine, Op.32. The dilemma was of course an entirely welcome one, as Mendelssohn took the concert overture genre - which had been anticipated in the opera and theatre overtures of Mozart, Beethoven and Weber, but was by no means firmly established - to impressive heights. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1826), Calm Sea and a Prosperous Voyage (1828/34), The Hebrides (1829-30/32), The Fair Melusine (1833/35): all four overtures were published in rapid succession in the years from 1832 until 1835.

In these works Mendelssohn impressively combined a Classical conception with Romantic expressivity - a course later followed not least by Franz Liszt in his symphonic poems. Mendelssohn's overtures are also tone poems, even if they are clearly rooted in sonata form. Their innovative intention, however, is apparent: these are no longer any musical 'signposts' that focus the listener's expectations and attention on that which is to come, but are independent works in their own right. They have liberated themselves both from the theatre and from their function as curtain-raisers; instead they pursue quite independent subject matter, exploring its narrative and atmospheric potential in a manner that is both succinct and conclusive. In the process, the term 'overture' would seem to lose its proper meaning; on the other hand, the preoccupation with the fragmentary char - acter of the form is of course profoundly Romantic. (With this in mind, it is mildly sur - prising that Mendelssohn later followed up his overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream with incidental music for the play.)
Artikelnummer BIS2166
Streckkod 7318599921662
Utgivningsdatum 2015-10-23
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag BIS
Enhet SACD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Tilling, Camilla (soprano)
Dirigenter Dausgaard, Thomas
Kompositörer Mendelssohn, Felix
Disk: 1
1 Das Märchen von der schönen Melusine, Op. 32, MWV? Swedish Chamber Orchestra Radiokören Dausgaard, Thomas Mendelssohn, Felix Tilling, Camilla Risberg, Magdalena
2 A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.?61, MWV?M?13
3 Die Hebriden, Op. 26, MWV?P?7
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