(featuring The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Carl Schuricht)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) visited Scotland in 1829 ; it can be said that rarely, was the German composer so excited nor animated, as on that holiday. The "Fingal's Cave (Hebrides)" Overture was composed the following year (save a revision in 1832), and is by all standards, one of Mendelssohn's most inspired orchestral works.
Side One : Fingal's Cave (Hebrides) Overture Op.26, by Mendelssohn (1830/32).
The "Ruy Blas" Overture was composed by Mendelssohn in 1839, as prelude-music for Victor Hugo's titular play, which was being staged in Leipzig at the time. Although Hugo's play was a great success, Mendelssohn personally had reservations, seeing it as an overly-typical, romantic drama. Indeed, the listener should not try to relate this overture to the play in question : The music is more operatic in style, and while it does not bear the characteristic "Mendelssohn-Imprint" like "Fingal's Cave", the workmanship is unquestionable ...
Side Two : Ruy Blas Overture Op.95, by Mendelssohn (1839).
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) EX-/EX-.