Classical music is defined here as all Art Music ranging from Baroque to the Romantic Music of the mid to late 19th Century and everything within that definition has been divided into various sections based on the size of the ensembles or the recital instrument. Thus the sections are broken down to Orchestral – Baroque to Romantic (including an extensive discography of Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave Overture) or Piano Music, Classical Guitar Music, and Lyric Music.
It should be clear to lovers of Art Music (mélomaine in French) that nearly all music composed after 1990 no longer retains the classical mode of construction, i.e. the traditional tonality, melody, instrumentation, and structure. (Anon. 2013a) This later music therefore is treated here accordingly as either Modern Music, 20th Century Music, Contemporary Music, or Concrète Music and all of this music will be listed in an entirely separate section under Contemporary Art Music.
As for the Fingal’s Cave Overture, this is probably the first time in the history of discographical research that an attempt has been made to list all the recordings of a given work of classical music starting from the age of acoustically recorded 78rpm and 80rpm records to electrically (microphone) recorded 78s then on to micro-groove analog 33rpm and 45rpm records and then right on through to compact disc digital records of today, all told, covering over 90 years of recording history. (Anon. 2013c)
Regarding the CD reissues and original CD interpretations of the Fingal’s Cave Overture the current Allmusic Website was especially useful for obtaining accurate release dates and label catalog numbers. The earlier Allmusic Website was a lot less accurate in this area.
Classical music has been divided into two major parts: Baroque Music and Romantic Music. Under these headings will be found subsections based on whether the music was composed for orchestra, solo instrument or voice.
Three works that have had numerous recorded versions will be listed separately in the column on the left under their respective subsections. Over the hundred year period of this discography Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave Overture has had well over a hundred different recorded interpretations; these have been divided into the different decades when they were first released.
Each entry was given a code number – starting with “CL” meaning classical music followed by the category of classical music.
The complete song lyrics are provided for all lyric entries. These lyrics will be found in “Classical Music Lyrics” section (tab on bottom left).
The list of abbreviations used for each entry will be found in the “Abbreviations” tab on the bottom left.