'Ding Dong merrily on high' Anon
The great London Symphony Orchestra launch a new complete Mendelssohn symphonic cycle. Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 20 October 2014.
This is the first in a series of live concerts featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, exploring the complete symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
And as you might expect, Sir John brings his love of authentic performance into his approach - the LSO strings sound bright and breezy as they evoke Mendelssohn's Scotland in both the Scottish Symphony and his Hebrides Overture.
Also featured on this release is Maria João Pires joining the LSO to play the Piano Concerto by Schumann - the inaugural concerto recording on the LSO Live label. The brilliant Portuguese pianist is on sparkling form, ranging from the intimate to the dazzlingly virtuosic.