The storm blew over.
It looks like a Spanish galleon on the cover with its red and yellow flag.
It also looks like the two ships are about to fire on each other at long range. The gun ports are open. Becalmed not much longer.
Mendelssohn’s fine oveture and Beethoven’s twin choral settings do justice to Goethe’s poetic concept. “Becalmed” is the truer translation.
Mendelssohn’ overtures set the bar high before crossing it; the fair Melusinde, Hebrides/Fingal’s Cave, this one, and the one Moiseiwitsch nervously called “Midnummer Sight’s Dream”.
Beautiful piece. But one can somehow understand Wagner’s irritation about Mendelssohn:
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