The Words Get in the Way of This New Rendition of Mendelssohn's 'Midsummer Night's Dream'

John Eliot Gardiner's rendition of Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ offers rich sound, but is marred by the narration

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Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) composed music for Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” twice. In 1826 he wrote a concert overture, Op. 21, a brilliant work that abounds with sparkling moments. That...