Die erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60, Die schöne Melusine, Ruy Blas, Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt, Die Hebriden

Composers: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Conductor: Peter Maag
Soloist: Juan Oncina, Giovanna Fiorini, Robert Amis El Hage
Chorus: Coro RAI di Torino
Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica RAI di Torino
Genre: Choral Music
Label: Archives
Booklet with lyrics/libretto: yes
CDs / Unit: 1
Cat-Nr.: 43042-2
Total Time: 78:21
Recordingdate: 1972-1979
Technologie: Remastered 24bit/96kHz
Release Date: Mai 05


Thematically suitable to the beginning of May we present a further achievement in our Peter Maag collection: The first Walpurgis-Night (Die erste Walpurgisnacht) from Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. 

Inspired from the poem The first Walpurgis-Night that Mendelssohn persumably got to know during his last visit of Goethe, he transforms this eerie and freaky scene into music using unusual shrill sounds. He solves the inner conflict between pure monotheism and traditional Christian faith that is pictured in Goethes poem in a great manner: with humor. With changes between elementary and loveable moods, hymn-like jubilation and demoniac-funny passages, this The first Walpurgis-Night creates a peak in worldly cantata creations of the 19the century. 

With strong symbolic connotations Peter Maag conducts in two different concerts the Orchestra Sinfonica RAI di Torino and manages to express in a natural manner the qualities of formal balance and instrumental elegance that distinguish all Mendelssohn’s works.  

Also included in the program are Die schöne Melusine (Fair Melusine), Ruy Blas, Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage) and Die Hebriden (The Hebrides).

Released on remasterd ARTS ARCHIVES format.

Table of MP3 Tracks

No. Tracktitle Tracktime Price put into basket  
Disc 1
Overture: 1. Das schlechte Wetter
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60
08.09 2,00 €
Overture: 2. Der Übergang zum Frühling
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60
02.02 0,99 €
I. Es lacht der Mai
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60
Allegro vivace non troppo
04.17 0,99 €
II. Könnt Ihr so verwegen Handeln
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60
Allegretto non troppo
02.05 0,99 €
III. Wer Opfer heut' zu bringen scheut
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60
Andante maestoso
02.14 0,99 €
IV. Verteilt Euch, wack're Männer, hier
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60
Allero leggiero
01.43 0,99 €
V. Diese dumpfen Pfaffenchristen
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60
Recitativo - Allegro moderato
01.53 0,99 €
VI. Kommt mit Zacken und Gabeln
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60
Allegro molto
04.43 0,99 €
VII. So weit gebracht, dass wir bei Nacht
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60
L'istesso tempo - Andante maestoso
04.02 0,99 €
VIII. Hilf, ach hilf mir, Kriegsgeselle
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60
Allegro non troppo
01.08 0,99 €
IX. Die Flamme reinigt sich vom Rauch
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60
Andante maestoso
03.13 0,99 €
Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt op. 27
13.06 3,00 €
Ruy Blas op. 95
07.38 2,00 €
Die schöne Melusine op. 32
11.33 3,00 €
Die Hebriden op. 26
10.08 3,00 €


Classical.net (20.04.2015)

(...) Not for everyone, perhaps, but collectors will find a great deal to appreciate. (Brian Wigman)

Read the complete review here.

Musical Pointers (10.02.2006)

"Vivid performance and well recorded.."

musicweb-international.com (10.02.2006)

Recording of the month: "Performances notable for their whole-hearted involvement; Mendelssohn in Maag’s hands is a fully romantic composer who sings and exalts"

5 Stars from MUZIKA 21 (10.02.2006)

Diapason (10.02.2006)


Pizzicato (10.02.2006)

"This Mendelssohn-CD is an inestimable testimony of his (Peter Maag's) art of presenting romantic glory with a distinguished sound garment and of finding new definitions for Mendelssohn's music with the help of dynamic graduations, accents but also with emotional attendance"

mundoclasico.com (10.02.2006)

"Maag... nífico!"

classicstoday.com (10.02.2006)

"Maag raelly lets it fly.... Maag has the RAI Symphony at top form..... the playing is high-caliber....the sound is superior...the remastering is exceptionally good" 9/8

Classical Net (10.02.2006)

"...this disc is definitely a must for lovers of romantic music.."

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