Monteverdi Choir, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Eliot Gardiner – Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Artist: Monteverdi Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Title: Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2017
Recorded live 16 February 2016 in DSD 128fs, at the Barbican, London
Quality: Blu-ray Audio

BD Audio:
  Duration: 00:55:13
  Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
  Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 10478 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
  Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit

BD Video:
Bonus HD video footage of the full concert performance on 16 February 2016, at which this recording was made, additionally containing the concert’s first half (Mendelssohn Symphony No 1).
  Duration: 01:37:26
  Video: MPEG-4 AVC 22000 kbps / 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
  Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Digital files: Stereo files in DSD / 24bit 96kHz FLAC / 16bit 44.1kHz WAV / 320kbps MP3

Continuing his award-winning cycle of works by Felix Mendelssohn, Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads the LSO, his Monteverdi Choir and three talented young actors from the Guildhall in a landmark performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, which was performed as part of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. To mark the celebrations, Gardiner produced a special version of the work featuring some cuts to the original movements that, in his words, “remove all of the music relating to the Mechanicals and thus focus on the world of the fairies and the human lovers”.
Mendelssohn, who adored Shakespeare’s writings, composed his concert overture based on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in 1827 aged 17, after having read a German translation of the play. The overture was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece and quickly became a popular favourite throughout Europe. Years later in 1843 he was asked by the King of Prussia to provide a score for an entire production: 14 short works based on themes and moods from the original overture, with a broadly romantic sound although classical in style and structure.
The Pure Audio Blu-ray disc includes bonus footage of the concert performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 1, alongside high resolution master audio. (more…)