Friday, March 11, 2011

Will He or Won't He?

Take the exposition repeat in the first movement of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, of course. Plenty of tickets, including rushes, still available for Kurt Masur's Mendelssohn program at SFS tonight and tomorrow night, which also features the complete (and absolutely wonderful) incidental music from A Midsummer Night's Dream. The overture is the best piece of music ever written by a 17-year-old. You spotted snakes, indeed!

3 comments:

Henry Holland said...

The overture is the best piece of music ever written by a 17-year-old

No, Korngold writing Der Ring des Polykrates and the awesome Violanta before he was 18 is more impressive than a mere overture! :-)

The Unrepentant Pelleastrian said...

"A Midsummer Night's Dream. The overture is the best piece of music ever written by a 17-year-old"

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No question about it.

As an aside: It is totally inexplicable that Herbert von Karajan -- the finest conductor of the past 60 years -- never recorded it.

He did a great box set recording of all the symphonies and the 'Hebrides' overture (twice) in the early 1970's with Deutsche Grammophone but never 'Midsummer'.

A weird gap in a great man's discography...

(Sigh)

Lisa Hirsch said...

Henry, you might, just might, have me there, although I see you Violanta (a great opera, I agree) and raise you Mendelssohn's Octet.

Karajan, the finest conductor of the past 60 years? Well, them's fightin' words, in a world that includes Giulini, Kubelik, Kna, Haitink, Mackerras, Bernstein, Horenstein, Muti, Kertesz, Ancerl, Solti, and many many other greats.