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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; Octet: Scherzo
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; Octet: Scherzo

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; Octet: Scherzo (CD)

Boston Symphony Orchestra

$16.99

German repertoire, and Mendelssohn in particular, featured prominently in the concert programs of Charles Munch during his period as BSO Music Director, even though his unparalleled fame was in the French tradition. These recordings of the 4th and 5th symphonies from the late 1950's are brilliantly executed and full of wonderful nuances, notably of balance and shading.

There is a 'rightness' to Munch's pacing which few other conductors have captured. The Scherzo from the Octet - one of Munch's last recordings with the BSO - provides a sparkling finale to a thoroughly enjoyable collection.

Mendelssohn
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch, conductor
Recorded in 1958, 1957 and 1960


Track Listing:

Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 "Italian"
1. Allegro vivace (8'07)
2. Andante con moto (5'56)
3. Con moto moderato (6'26)
4. Saltarello: Presto (6:05)

Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 107 "Reformation"
5. Andante; Allegro con fuoco (10'43)
6. Allegro vivace (4'12)
7. Andante (3'24)
8. Chorale ("Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott"): Andante con moto; Allegro vivace (8'55)

Octet in E-Flat, Op. 20
9. Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo (4'09)