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  1. Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, Op.26 (Fingal's Cave), MWV P 710:45Album Only
  2. Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 In A Minor, Op.56, MWV N 18 - "Scottish" - 1. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai animato - Andante come prima13:57Album Only
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  4. Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 In A Minor, Op.56, MWV N 18 - "Scottish" - 3. Adagio11:46Album Only
  5. Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 In A Minor, Op.56, MWV N 18 - "Scottish" - 4. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai 9:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 In A Major, Op.90, MWV N 16 - "Italian" - 1. Allegro vivace 8:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 In A Major, Op.90, MWV N 16 - "Italian" - 2. Andante con moto 6:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 In A Major, Op.90, MWV N 16 - "Italian" - 3. Con moto moderato 7:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 In A Major, Op.90, MWV N 16 - "Italian" - 4. Saltarello (Presto) 5:38$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (August 12, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GXC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By J. Buxton on October 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is as fine a disc of Mendelssohn music as you are likely to find on the market today. Three of his most engaging and consistently enjoyable works are programmed together here, with stunning results. The Berlin players are in complete harmony with Karajan's vision of this music, and one wonders how these pieces could be played any other way. This is really the Berlin Philharmonic at their peak of the Karajan days. The recorded sound is excellent (if anything a bit too bright in spots), and the march at the end of the "Scottish" which highlights the brass sounds thrilling (Mendelssohn here echoing the finale of Beethoven's Seventh very successfully). This is perhaps the finest "Scottish" on record in my opinion in its ability to involve the listener. The "Italian" is equally fine, though I have a personal preference for the former. The only other coupling of the 3rd and 4th symphonies I am aware of that can compete with this disc is Herbert Blomstedt with the San Francisco Symphony on Decca. To sum up, this is an essential disc.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
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These two symphonies were recorded in 1971, and 1973 - Karajan's best and happiest years. Not so "perfect sound" minded like in the sixties, Karajan has shifted into capturing the spirit of the music. The Italian symphony is pure bursting happiness and vitality, the scottish symphony is deeper, more introspective, as is the Herbides overture. This recording, particularly of the Italian symphony, is a must have.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By NotATameLion on February 16, 2002
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When I first fell in love with classical music it was generally the more accessible "show pieces" like Mendelssohn's overture "The Hebrides" that stirred my soul. In fact, one of the first discs I purchased was Dutoit's recording of the incidental music from "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Besides the great Scherzo and the Wedding March, the disc also features three of Mendelssohn's overtures-"The Hebrides" included. It has remained one of my favorite discs. I never thought I would a more moving version of "The Hebrides" than Dutoit's icy masterpiece.
I stand corrected. In this repackaged collection from Deutsche Grammophon's "The Originals" series, conductor Herbert von Karajan proves himself to be an adept interpreter of Mendelssohn's musical vision. Included are Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic's versions of "The Hebrides" overture and of Mendelssohn's Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4.
Karajan's and Dutoit's recordings of "The Hebrides" are really as different as apples and oranges. Dutoit (with his own forces from Montreal) makes the piece into a chilling, highflying affair. Karajan's version is warmer, a little more delicate (though it does thunder at times). I find both approaches valid and pleasing. I would not want to be without either; but if forced to choose would take Karajan's.
Karajan gives the Scottish Symphony (No.3) a somewhat psychologically dark, romantic yet precise reading. It starts prettily enough, but there are some dark shadows in Herbert's Highlands.
Karajan lacks a little of the Italiante style needed for a definitive rendition of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony (No. 4), yet this does not stop this recording from being merely great. He does let his orchestra get carried away by the Presto of the finale (as all too many recordings do).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Haplo Wolf on August 9, 2004
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BBC Radio 3 broadcasted the Scottish symphony earlier this year. At the time I was utterly unfamiliar with the work but even during that first exposure--for I was listening--I decided to update my collection as soon as possible. Which I did by buying this CD. (Later I also bought Peter Maag's interpretation of this symphony, but not because I was dissatisfied with the CD I now review. Far from it; both are excellent.)

As illustrated from the Radio 3 example above, I was immediately struck by this music. I can't say if that will also be the case with you (because the value of art is often of a personal nature), but do find an opportunity to find out for yourself. As usual, music of this caliber becomes better over time, certainly if you really focus on it (my opinion).

Considering the other reviews, I think indeed that the orchestra is massive here. Some nuance may be lost in some instances but the overall effect of "wild winds roaring down mountains" (not exactly a quote) adds to the (*my*) experience.

I do very much recommend this CD, because even if you aren't stunned by The Scottish, there's also The Hebrides (great) and The Italian symphony.

--You may also want to check out Peter Maag's Scottish (on Decca Legendary Performances).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo on September 23, 2005
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In response to the last reviewer - I would agree that the Berlin is a bit raucous at times, but, c'mon! It's Romantic music! What's wrong with some unrestrained emotion?!?
I find these performances very moving, especially the 3rd symphony (I rate it neck and neck with Maag's version with London Symphony Orchestra). I have no need to defend the music, you've all heard it (especially the Italian). This is Karajan at the height of his powers. In short, at this low price, with this much music on it and with a newly remastered and cleaner sound, it's worth the purchase.
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