Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream

"On this CD, Previn's performance—which I rate the best of all counts—sounds wonderfully fresh. The strings in the Overture are deliciously clean and transparent and throughout the recording is clear and natural without losing its bloom, the overall enhancement and tangibility almost startling when compared with the LP. Moreover Previn not only includes the Melodramas—flimsy little bits of orchestration, that are nevertheless quite charming—but makes them seem structurally essential, in most cases. 

The singing of his soloists and choir is delightful and altogether this can be welcomed as leading the field on CD by a clear margin.Congratulations to Christopher Bishop and Christopher Parker for the excellent balance of the original recording, to whoever made the CD transfer, and most of all to Previn and his artists for some engaging fairy magic." --Ivan March, GRAMOPHONE

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