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Larry Kart

Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2

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Listened to this work tonight for the first time, and to my surprise was entranced by the sheer logic and harmoniousness of  Mendelssohn's thinking, plus his often exquisite craftsmanship. Excellent performance; Flor really knows how to handle Mendelssohn; Lucia Popp sings like an angel.

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6 hours ago, Larry Kart said:

Listened to this work tonight for the first time, and to my surprise was entranced by the sheer logic and harmoniousness of  Mendelssohn's thinking, plus his often exquisite craftsmanship. Excellent performance; Flor really knows how to handle Mendelssohn; Lucia Popp sings like an angel.

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Fully agree on your assessment .... Flor is another "jewel in the dark" and Lucia Popp sings - as always - heavenly ....

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The rep on Mendelssohn 2 is that it's the epitome in music of Victorian religioslity (it was a big hit in England). But while the would-be triumphant final chorus is along those lines to some degree, I found the work as a whole to be remarkably graceful and subtle.

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