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|Felix  Mendelssohn, Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra|
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 "Scottish" & 4 "Italian"
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A lean, refined view of Mendelssohn
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 11/28/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Abbado's conception of Mendelssohn leans more toward Haydn than toward Beethoven, which is perfeclty legitimate. These readings are lean and quick, with elegant phrasing from the LSO and fine sound from Decca's engineers. The "Scottish" has received more dramatically exciting readings from Karajan and (above all) Bernstein, but they definitely lean more toward Beethoven. Abbado's "Italian" is also elegant and fairly small-scaled, which he uses to his benefit by relaxing into the phrase intstead of driving the tempo as so many modern conductors do (see Solti). There are so many great "Italins," going as far back as Cantelli's famous recording from the early Fifties, that I'm loath to call this one of the very best, but it's winning all the same, and more surprising in its relaxed geniality than the slightly too pared down "Scottish.""