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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D Major, Op. 107, MWV N 15 "Reformation"

Jörg Widmann, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Mojca Erdmann

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Adagio & Fugue in C Minor, K. 546 "String Quartet No. 27" (version for String Orchestra)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Irish Chamber Orchestra; Jörg Widmann
7:27
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String Quartet No. 5 "Versuch über die Fuge" (version for Soprano, Oboe & Chamber Orchestra)
Jörg Widmann; Mojca Erdmann; Irish Chamber Orchestra; Jörg Widmann
23:39
Symphony No. 5 in D Major, Op. 107, MWV N 15 "Reformation"  
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I. Andante - Allegro con fuoco
Felix Mendelssohn; Irish Chamber Orchestra; Jörg Widmann
11:30
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II. Allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Irish Chamber Orchestra; Jörg Widmann
4:46
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III. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Irish Chamber Orchestra; Jörg Widmann
3:51
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IV. Andante con moto
Felix Mendelssohn; Irish Chamber Orchestra; Jörg Widmann
8:07
Clarinet Sonata in E Flat Major, MWV Q 15  
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II. Andante (arr. by J. Widmann for Clarinet, Harp, Celesta & String Orchestra)
Felix Mendelssohn; Jörg Widmann; Irish Chamber Orchestra
7:00
Total Playing Time    66:20
The second instalment of Jörg Widmann’s involvement with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and their recordings of Felix Mendelssohn’s symphonies is devoted to what is known as the Symphony No. 5, but is, from a chronological point of view, Mendelssohn’s second symphony. For someone like Widmann, so intimately familiar with the technical and aesthetic dimensions of the art of composition, it was an appealing challenge to contrast the historically fraught and consciously complex experiment by the mature prodigy Mendelssohn with the young Mozart’s highly emotional, compositionally concentrated answer to his encounter with Bach’s Fugues, the Fugue in C Minor for two pianos, expanded here by a passionate Adagio and arranged for string orchestra. The programme also contains the premiere of an adaptation of Widmann’s own String Quartet No. 5, featuring soprano Mojca Erdmann. Finally, Widmann fulfills a personal wish and a promise to the orchestra and all clarinetists and listeners to arrange for clarinet and piano one of his favourite pieces by the 15-year-old Mendelssohn: the Andante from the Sonata in E Flat Major of 1824, performed with the orchestra, for the first time, in his version for clarinet, string orchestra, harp and celesta.
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