Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream transports us to Shakespeare’s fairy world with its enchanting evocations, including the well-loved ‘Wedding March’
Sir Roger Norrington, one of the founding fathers of historically informed performance, has long produced striking and unforgettable interpretations of cherished masterpieces. The sensitivity of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s gossamer sound is the perfect match for Mendelssohn’s magical textures.
The Shakespearean theme is established in Berlioz’s languid Les nuits d’été, settings of six poems by French poet Théophile Gautier that pay affectionate homage to the great English dramatist. Celebrated Austrian mezzo soprano Angelika Kirchschlager is famed for the warmth and vividness of her readings, ideal qualities in these beautifully crafted songs of love, desire and longing.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington Conductor
Angelika Kirchschlager Mezzo soprano
Sophie Bevan Soprano
Mary Bevan Soprano
NYCoS National Girls Choir
Christopher Bell Chorus Master
Berlioz Les nuits d’été
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream