Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Continuing his award-winning cycle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads the London Symphony Orchestra, his singers and actors through a novel performance of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: this version—performed as part of the celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death—makes some cuts to the original movements, in Gardiner's words, ‘removing all of the music relating to the Mechanicals and thus focusing on the world of the fairies and the human lovers.’

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'Anyone following this Mendelssohn series from the LSO and John Eliot Gardiner will find much to enjoy here: in the pinpoint precision of melody-carrying flutes and violins, the sure-footed bass and a ...
BBC Music Magazine
'The Overture sounds marvellous, the vibratoless strings dancing over the fairy music as though barely touching it' (MusicWeb International)