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Although it may not seem possible, this might be a bit better than the same forces Scottish Symphony/Hebrides Overture pairing. The difference between the HDTT and every previous issue of this recording, which has deservedly never been out of print, is the sense of air and space around each instrument and choir. Even Mendelssohn's delicate scoring for the "Ophicleide" (now played on a tuba) comes through. What is also clear is the love and care with which every member of the LSO lavishes on his or her part. They play with as much care and love as if Monteux were on the podium, despite Maag's only being an "up and coming" conductor at the time. This is simply as good as it gets, and includes all of the wonderful vocal numbers. Bravo!!
Until I hear this performance, I didn't have enough knowledge and interest with "A Midsummer Night's Dream". LSO, Maag and HDTT changed everything. Now, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is one of my favorites!
The Pure DSD sound is marvelous, and the London Symphony Orchestra provides a superior performance.
This is probably the best recording I've purchased to date from HDTT. Other than a tiny bit of expected hiss from the original tape, it provides a beautiful, detailed and realistic listening experience. Highly recommended.
Peter Maag was a wonderful interpreter of Mendelssohn; his Scottish Symphony, and this recording of the Midsummer Night's Dream are still regarded as quintessential interpretations, despite being recorded around the late '50's. His pacing and deft touches of Mendelssonian transparency leave him far ahead of many other so-called conducting greats, whose personalities often impose themselves onto this wonderful - and at times - naive music. Mendelssohn was no Wagner (who hated "that little Jew", even though Mendelssohn converted to Christianity), but his music has that enduring quality, and Maag's recordings I suspect will never lose their lustre, even over the next 70 years.
Title: Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Incidental Music)
Artist(s): Peter Maag conducting The London Symphony Orchestra
Soprano Vocals – Jennifer Vyvyan, Marion Lowe
Chorus – Female Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Of The Covent Garden
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Recorded by Decca 27-28 Feb 1957 at Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: James Walker Engineer: Cyril Windebank
1 Overture Op. 21 11:45
2 Scherzo, Op. 61 No. 1 4:33
3 You Spotted Snakes, Op. 61 No. 3 4:23
4 Intermezzo, Op. 61 No. 5 3:30
5 Nocturne, Op. 61 No. 7 6:20
6 Wedding March, Op. 61 No. 9 4:25
7 Dance Of The Clowns, Op. 61 No. 11 1:45
8 Finale, Op. 61 No. 12 3:52
Total Time: 40:33