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  Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, A Midsummer Night's Dream - Chen/RPO/Glover
  Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Incidental Music - excerpts)

Leland Chen (violin)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Jane Glover (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Windsurfer March 30, 2006 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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I'm cheating here - this review pertains only to the Midummer Night's Dream. I've not listened to the concerto. I have so many recordings of this by "superstar" artists and have heard it so many times that I have no real enthusiasm for doing so. The Midsummer Night's Dream is another story!

I've listened to this 3 times now. It's a delightful performance. Unfortunately it is not the complete incidental music. The excerpts include: Overture, Scherzo, Nocturne, Intermezzo, Wedding March, second Intermezzo, and the dance of the Clowns.

This disc does require careful adjustment of the volume control - the sound of the high strings at forte is not quite up there with the PentaTones. On the other hand there is great delicacy where called for and the fantasy of the work is always preminent, delightfully so. So how many stars?

Five for performance is easy. Four for sound? Well this gets hard. The multi-channel recording preserves ambience of the recording location nicely - or artificial reverb is added so tastefully that it does not really call attention to itself. Talking in terms of pure audio pleasure, this,(except for the strings at forte), is a highly detailed recording and would rank a "5". Further, who can say that my system just isn't up to reproducing the wonders on this disc? Well, PentaTone, Telarc and quite a few others do a lot better in my listening room so I conclude that faults I do find here are not endemic to the audio system being played. I guess the four for sound will do, some would argue for 4.5, some for 5.

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Ein Sommernachtstraum) - Incidental music, MWV M 13 Op. 61
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Violin Concerto in E minor, MWV O 14 Op. 64