Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (Download)


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Felix Mendelssohn – Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

Jan Willem de Vriend

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About the Album

What is particularly amazing about the Mendelssohn symphonies is the fact that he is both harking back to old masters like Bach, and, as a child of his time, looking ahead. Especially his Italian and Scottish symphonies are pointing at the future, since Mendelssohn lived in the era of discovery, of der Wanderer. Goethe came up with his jungen Werther, a guy who went away to discover the world and upon returning nothing looked the same. And that is exactly what you can hear in his music: astonishment, translated into music using harmonies we maybe already knew but which in his hands sounded completely fresh and new. Having said that, you can also hear an old-school musical approach. Mendelssohn sometimes uses fugues or chorales we know from older styles. He was the first to bring back those trustworthy techniques – and that, in itself, was also new.


  1. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 11: I. Allegro di molto Felix Mendelssohn 0:30
  2. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 11: II. Andante Felix Mendelssohn 0:30
  3. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 11: III. Menuetto: allegro molto Felix Mendelssohn 0:30
  4. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 11: IV. Allegro con fuoco Felix Mendelssohn 0:30
  5. Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56: I. Introduction und Allegro agitato Felix Mendelssohn 0:30
  6. Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56: II. Scherzo assai vivace Felix Mendelssohn 0:30
  7. Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56: III. Adagio cantabile Felix Mendelssohn 0:30
  8. Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56: IV. Allegro guerriero und Finale maestoso Felix Mendelssohn 0:30


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Mendelssohn, Felix


Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, The, Vriend, Jan Willem de


Classical (1750 – 1830 A.D.)


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