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Gardiner’s Mendelssohn series continues with a sparkling anniversary performance of the composer’s Shakespearean masterpiece. He secures remarkable crisp, lithe playing – some pianissimos are simply breathtaking – and restores a handful of cuts to the familiar performance version. His choral stalwarts are on top form, as are three impressive young actors from the GSMD – their contributions are genuinely enjoyable, making this a most winning (and beautifully recorded, especially in HD) new version.

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