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MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Midsummer Night's Dream (A) (Sung in English) (Wollerman, Becker, Varsity Voices, Nota Bene Choir, New Zealand Symphony, Judd)


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MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Midsummer Night's Dream (A) (Sung in English) (Wollerman, Becker, Varsity Voices, Nota Bene Choir, New Zealand Symphony, Judd)

In 1826 Felix Mendelssohn, aged only seventeen, composed his famous overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He wrote incidental music for the same play sixteen years later, and effortlessly recaptured the world of his youthful imagination. It sparkles and shimmers with its fairy magic even now. In this recording, the haunting Nocturne, the lively Scherzo and the famous Wedding March are interspersed with ‘melodramas’ accompanying spoken text from Shakespeare’s much-loved play.

Mendelssohn, Felix
Shakespeare, William, lyricist(s)

  A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 (Sung in English)
1.   Overture 00:12:36
2.   Act I: Scherzo 00:04:24
3.   Act II Scene 1: How now, spirit! (Puck, Fairy) 00:02:22
4.   Act II Scene 1: Fairies' March - Ill met by moonlight (Oberon, Titania, Puck) 00:04:19
5.   Act II Scene 2: Come, now a roundel and a fairy song (Titania) - Song with Chorus: Ye spotted snakes (First Fairy, Second Fairy, Chorus of Fairies) 00:04:09
6.   Act II Scene 2: What thou seest, when thou dost wake (Oberon, Puck) 00:01:38
7.   Act II: Intermezzo 00:03:34
8.   Act III Scene 1: Come, sit down, every mother's son (Quince, Puck, Bottom, Flute, Snout, Titania, Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed) 00:06:57
9.   Act III Scene 2: I wonder if Titania be awaked (Oberon, Puck, Lysander, Demetrius, Helena, Hermia) 00:07:04
10.   Act III: Nocturne 00:06:03
11.   Act IV Scene 1: Her dotage now I do begin to pity… (Oberon, Titania, Puck, Theseus) 00:05:00
12.   Act IV Scene 1: Wedding March 00:04:44
13.   Act V Scene 1: So please your grace, the Prologue is address'd (Philostrate, Theseus, Prologue, Pyramus) 00:02:53
14.   Act V Scene 1: Funeral March: How chance Moonshine is gone (Hippolyta, Theseus, Thisbe) 00:01:35
15.   Act V Scene 1: A Dance of Clowns: The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve (Theseus, Puck) 00:03:41
16.   Act V Scene 1: Through the house give glimmering light (Oberon, Titania) 00:00:29
17.   Act V Scene 1: Song: Through the house give glimmering light (Fairies) - Now until the break of day… (Oberon, Fairies, Puck) 00:05:11

Total Playing Time: 01:16:39

Mendelssohn, Felix

Shakespeare, William

Judd, James

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Nota Bene Choir; Varsity Voices

Becker, Pepe; Cauthery, Gunnar; Grove, Adrian; Kenny, Peter; Mison, Tom; Piazza, Anne-Marie; Raymond, Emily; Timson, David; Wollerman, Jenny

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.570794

Barcode: 747313079476

Physical Release: 07/2010

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