FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847): Symphony No. 1 in C Minor (arr. composer), Symphony No. 5 in D Minor "Reformation" (arr. Friedrich Herrmann [1828-1907]), The Hebrides, Op. 26, Ruy Blas, Op. 95 (both arr. Carl Burchard [1818-1896]).

Catalogue Number: 01J040

Label: MD&G

Reference: 307 1469-2

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: Collectors take note: There is something quite unusual here! Mendelssohn's first symphony was performed several times between 1824 and 1829 in its original version with a minuet instead of a scherzo. In London in the latter year, Mendels-sohn replaced the minuet with a scherzo which later was to become extremely well known as a movement of the string octet (1833). When the Symphony No. 1 was published in 1834, the original minuet was reinserted for obvious reasons. Thus, this four-hand, violin, cello arrangement which Mendelssohn published in London in 1830 contains the original version of the symphony and, since it was not a reduction (as the orchestral version had yet to be finalised and published), there are more than a few minor (but still discernible) variances from what you know as the Symphony No. 1. The three other pieces are typical transcriptions, done in the last quarter of the 19th century on the commission of Breitkopf & Härtel. Gerard Fauth, Olga Gollej (piano), Andreas Seidel (violin), Matthias Moosdorf (cello).

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