Mendelssohn Symphonies 1-5 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the COE in a complete cycle of Mendelssohn’s five symphonies on tour across Europe in 2016. This album featuring sopranos Karina Gauvin and Regula Mühlemann, tenor Daniel Behle and the RIAS Kammerchor is the live capture of the performances at the Philharmonie de Paris. The recording is now shortlisted for a Gramophone Award in the ‘orchestral’ category.
“Nézet-Séguin and the orchestra summon up an appropriately dark, misty sound for the first, and a bright, joyous sound for the second. It’s all unimpeachably refined . . . anyone looking for a reliable complete set of Mendelssohn’s symphonies couldn’t do better.” – The Daily Telegraph
“Nézet-Séguin approaches the symphonies of Mendelssohn with an exploratory mind and deep care for colour, the COE responding with brilliance throughout this impressive set.” – Gramophone
“The symphonies are a whirlwind tour of Europe: from the windswept coasts of Scotland to verdant Italian hillsides to grand Lutheran churches. Nézet-Séguin’s intuitive sense of Mendelssohn’s melodies lends these disparate geographies profound unity, animated brilliantly by the COE.” – included in the Best Classical Recordings of 2017 on WQXR