Mendelssohn – Symphony no. 4 in A ‘Italian’, Op. 90
Czech National Symphony Orchestra
This unique and exclusive Deluxe download includes the following free bonus items:
– The free full 1947 version album of Mendelssohn – Symphony no. 4 in A ‘Italian’, Op. 90 by the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by George Szell. This excellent quality recording has been digitised from Columbia ML4498 (XLP 698). Recorded November 26, 1947.
– The complete full music score edited by Julius Rietz (1812–1877).
Published by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdys Werke, Serie 1.
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1877. Plate M.B. 4.
– The full size 3200 x 2133 unedited cover artwork, without titles.
– 50 page booklet with notes and photos about The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Felix Mendelssohn and Symphony No. 4 in A (Italian), Op. 90.
The Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, commonly known as the Italian, is an orchestral symphony by Felix Mendelssohn.
The Italian Symphony was finished in Berlin, 13 March 1833, in response to an invitation for a symphony from the London (now Royal) Philharmonic Society; he conducted the first performance himself in London on 13 May 1833, at a London Philharmonic Society concert.
The symphony’s success, and Mendelssohn’s popularity, influenced the course of British music for the rest of the century. However, Mendelssohn remained unsatisfied with the composition, which cost him, he said, some of the bitterest moments of his career; he revised it in 1834 and even planned to write alternate versions of the second, third, and fourth movements.
He never published the symphony, and it appeared in print only in 1851; thus it is numbered as his no. 4, although it was in fact the third in order of composition.
The piece is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani and strings. It is in four movements. It is among the first large multi-movement works to begin in a major key and end in the tonic minor, another example being Brahms’s first piano trio.
Cat No: NM 1018
released March 29, 2018