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|Mendelssohn, Masur, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch|
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Well Performed Fair Sound, Good Value, but No Libretto
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an Fine Set of recordingsThe Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig under Kurt Masur deliver some of the better performances of these symphonies I have listened to. The only thing that mars the set for me is the fact that they left out the texts and translations of the libretto to the Second Symphony, which is unfortunate, because if you are not fluent in German or are not familiar with the program for the Symphony you might not be able to fully understand and appreciate it. All the other Symphonies recieve very fine performances, which is not a surprise as this orchestra and conductor have the music engrained in them. I would recommend this set as a good budget set of these works, but I don't think I would give it the first choice spot."
Masur's Finest Mendelssohn Symphony Cycle
John Kwok | New York, NY USA | 11/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kurt Masur's first Mendelssohn Symphony cycle with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is regarded by many as his best, preferable to the later, digital version he recorded with Teldec. Since I haven't heard the Teldec cycle, I don't know whether this is indeed a valid comparison. Yet this cycle contains some of the most electrifying performances of Mendelssohn's symphonies I've heard, most notably the "Reformation" symphony. The sound quality is decent, not great, but should not be a primary consideration for purchasing this set. Nor should the absence of liner notes. Certainly this inexpensive CD set should be regarded as a primary recommendation for a Mendelssohn symphony cycle."
Very adequate compilation
Howard Sauertieg | Harrisburg, PA USA | 10/18/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I've had this set for over a decade, and over the years I've found more thrilling, dynamic recordings of the Italian and Scottish symphonies (#3 and #4). But as a low-priced introduction to Mendelssohn's symphonies, or for that matter to M.'s music, this set is perfectly adequate. In particular I wish to direct attention to Symphony #2, the infrequently recorded "Lobesang" for chorus and orchestra. The symphony is maybe an hour long and extremely gratifying to the ear, though I have no idea what all the singing is about, as I don't speak or understand German, and the lyrics are not printed in the CD booklet. Still, repeated experimentation has proved that this Masur recording of the "Lobesang" symphony is a foolproof soporific, if one sincerely wishes to doze off, but cannot (for whatever reason). This is not a backhanded criticism, either; I'm utterly serious and very grateful to everyone involved with the recording. If you are seeking music to relax you, look no further."