Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor (Scottish); Symphony No. 4 in A (Italian)

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COMPOSERS: Mendelssohn
LABELS: Teldec Digital Experience
WORKS: Symphony No. 3 in A minor (Scottish); Symphony No. 4 in A (Italian)
PERFORMER: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Kurt Masur
CATALOGUE NO: 4509-92148-2 DDD (1988)
Masur moulds these performances persuasively, balancing the vivacious and poetic aspects of both scores. His orchestra clearly has the music in its blood, and in terms of warmth and line the strings are especially fine. Ultimately, however, it is the slow movements and the more lyrical aspects of the music which come off best, because the acoustic is so reverberant that details are frequently obscured in the lively or more fully scored passages. Terry Barfoot

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