Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 4, Etc

Karajan’s Scottish Symphony is so plausible that criticism may seem pedantic. It is a performance with many beautiful things, but lacking a distinct character: a computer, albeit a very sophisticated and tasteful one, might have generated it. The Italian Symphony supplies the missing ingredient: the human factor. Bows reassuringly slap on strings in a rattling opening movement. An unusually slow third movement deftly alters the balance of the Symphony in a performance which ranks with the best. --Christopher Wood, BBC Music Magazine


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