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Felix Mendelssohn MP3 Recordings of New World Instrumental Transcriptions

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Felix Mendelssohn

Here we bring you our Felix Mendelssohn MP3 recording collection. Mendelssohn lived in Germany during the first half of the nineteenth century and drew on the approaches of his predecessors in the shapes of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart - an expressive classical composer inspired by Nature. He travelled repeatedly to Britain to hear his work performed and to conduct.  Some of his compositions explicitly show influences from both the landscape and the culture. For example in Hebredies Overture Fingal’s Cave Mendelssohn was responding directly to his experience of the unusual structure of the cave and the movement of the waves in and around it and our New World orchestra presents this naturalistic picture very effectively thanks to the excellent MIDI file on which it is based. Our recording of The Scherzo from Mid Summer Night’s Dream uses the same New World Orchestra in this excellent example of Mendelssohn’s work for the theatre. The Octet in E flat Major Op20 on the other hand is a more academic piece of chamber music rendered here with Steel Drums taking the Violin parts, Gamelan for the Violas and Marimba for the Cello and Contra bass. It was composed when he was 16 years old but is none the less beautiful music for all that. Our Violin Concerto No 1 arrangement has Steel Drums and a sustaining synthesizer to replace the violin with Vibraphone, Gamelan and Marimba comprising the orchestra: Mvmt 1, Mvmt 2, Mvmt 3 The Wedding March which is widely used at wedding ceremonies today comes from his music for Mid Summer Night’s Dream and is arraned here on our New World Orchestra.
Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor Opus 25 The Piano Concerto responded remarkably well to the combination of Mega Moog with Steel Drums reminiscent of our arrangements of the Bach fugues. In the  Prelude and Fugue Opus 37 for organ  this combination is augmented with the Flying Sine synthesizer and makes for interesting comparisons with Bach. For the Songs Without Words we combine a harp and flying sine synthesizer or vibraphone with the steel drums, except for the Spring Song where a Moog emulated Xylophone combines with the steel drums to create that special sound. Opus 102 No 5 "Kinderstück"      Opus 19 No 1      Opus 38 No 1     Opus 62 No 2 "Spring Song"
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