A Midsummer Night's Dream


Shakespeare 400

Tue 16 Feb 2016 7.30pm - 9.45pm
Barbican Hall, London

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No 1 (London version of 1829)
MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night's Dream (complete version, with cuts)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor
Ceri-Lyn Cissone
Frankie Wakefield Oberon
Alexander Knox Puck
Jessica Cale 1st fairy
Sarah Denbee 2nd fairy
Charlotte Ashley 3rd fairy
Rebecca Hardwick 4th fairy
Monteverdi Choir
London Symphony Orchestra

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Recorded for broadcast on Mezzo

Recorded for broadcast on Mezzo


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Sir John Eliot Gardiner will lead the LSO and his Monteverdi Choir in the first of a trio of concerts marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and exploring some of the greatest music inspired by his writing.

The evening begins with the youthful exuberance of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 1, composed in 1824 when Mendelssohn was just 15 years old. Two years later, Mendelssohn, who adored Shakespeare’s writings, composed his concert overture based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The overture was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece and, many years later, he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse by the King of Prussia to provide a score for an entire production in 1843.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will be sung and spoken in English.