Mendelssohn - Ivan Fischer and The Budapest Festival Orchestra (W/C 02/07)

Mendelssohn - Ivan Fischer and The Budapest Festival Orchestra (W/C 02/07)

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Mendelssohn's Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream was written in 1842, on a commission from King Frederick William IV of Prussia. The king was inspired by a presentation of Sophocles's Antigone which featured music by Mendelssohn, and was the first of several commissions for the composer to write music to accompany the king's favorite plays. It is interesting to note that the work's dazzling overture was actually written a full sixteen years earlier, and was not originally intended to be performed in conjunction with Shakespeare's play. This recording from Ivan Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra captures the magical spirit of this music as never before. The program is complemented appropriately by three orchestral songs of Fanny Mendelssohn. Featuring Anna Lucia Richter (Soprano) and Barbara Kozelj (Alto). 

Tracklist:

  1. Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: I. Scherzo - Allegro vivace by Iván Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra
  2. Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: II Allegro vivace by Iván Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra
  3. Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: III. Lied mit Chor by Various artists
  4. Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: IV. Intermezzo - V. Allegro appassionato by Iván Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra
  5. Incidental Music To A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: VII. Nocturne. Con Moto Tranquillo - VIII. Andante by Iván Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra 
  6. Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: IX. Hochzeitmarsch Wedding March - Allegro vivace by Iván Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra                 
  7. Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: X. Funeral March - Andante comodo by Iván Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra                    
  8. Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: XII. Dance of the Clowns - Allegro di molto by Iván Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra
  9. Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Finale - Allegro di molto by Various artists
  10. 6 Lieder, Op. 9: VI. Die Mainacht by Iván Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra & Anna Lucia Richter                    
  11. 6 Lieder, Op. 9: II. Ferne by Iván Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra & Anna Lucia Richte
  12. 6 Songs, Op. 1: VI. Gondel song O come to me by Iván Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra & Anna Lucia Richter