Conductor David Bernard leads an inspired and consistent reading through the Mendelssohn. Tempi are relatively brisk, but not rushed. Bernard still leaves plenty of room for drama throughout the development of the first movement of the Mendelssohn. The “Andante” breathes wonderfully, but never loses direction. The strings respond with some quite beautiful playing that only becomes more so into the following third movement. The fourth movement is appropriately menacing and weaves mysteriously to its surging conclusion with biting contrasts of dynamics and textures. It is an impressive performance in its excitement and cohesion of ensemble.

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