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Elizabeth Dolin, Bernadene Blaha - Felix Mendelssohn: Complete Works for Cello & Piano (2003)

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Elizabeth Dolin, Bernadene Blaha - Felix Mendelssohn: Complete Works for Cello & Piano (2003)

Felix Mendelssohn: Complete Works for Cello & Piano (2003)
Elizabeth Dolin, cello; Bernadene Blaha, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 232 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Analekta | # FL 2 3166 | Time: 01:03:14

Mendelssohn's complete works for cello and piano fit on a single CD with room to spare, and your collection should have room to spare for the terrific performances contained on this disc. Cellist Elizabeth Dolin and pianist Bernadene Blaha emphasize the composer's classicism and elegance, in contrast to the somewhat wilder spin with which cellist Mark Shuman and pianist Todd Crow suffuse these works. But whereas the latter ASV release is resonant to a fault, Analekta's engineering conveys a more intimate and equally warm ambience that falls kindly on the ears. Dolin and Blaha are never less than equal partners, which is important considering that Mendelssohn treats both instruments as such. (Classics Today 10/10)

Hausmusik London - Felix Mendelssohn: Octet; Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Quartet No. 2 (2000) 2CDs

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Hausmusik London - Felix Mendelssohn: Octet; Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Quartet No. 2 (2000) 2CDs

Hausmusik London - Felix Mendelssohn: Octet; Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Quartet No. 2 (2000) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 546 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 284 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 6 1809 2 5 | Time: 02:03:13

Hausmusik’s performance of the Mendelssohn Octet comes with the advantage of a sensibly steady tempo for the famous scherzo, allowing for maximum transparency and lightness; and a dazzling finale in which for once the cello’s first scurrying fugal entry sounds crystal clear. The First String Quintet, and the Op. 13 Quartet – Mendelssohn’s homage to the late quartets of the recently deceased Beethoven – are also miraculous products of the composer’s teenage years. The Quintet is quite beautifully done here, but the Quartet, like the late Quintet, Op. 87, is rather lacking in tension and urgency. Woldemar Bargiel was Schumann’s brother-in-law. For all its obvious weaknesses, his Octet contains some attractive ideas, and Divertimenti’s performance makes a strong case for it. Divertimenti is impressive in the Mendelssohn, too – though its finale is not quite as exhilarating as Hausmusik’s; and in the last resort neither group can quite match the élan of the ASMF Chamber Ensemble.

Klaviertrio Amsterdam - Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trios (2000) Reissue 2010

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Klaviertrio Amsterdam - Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trios (2000) Reissue 2010

Klaviertrio Amsterdam - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Piano Trios (2000) Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 236 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94039 | Time: 00:54:48

In 1832 Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) wrote to his sister Fanny that is what about time he wrote some ‘good trios’. He had already started but left unfinished a trio for piano, violin and viola, and started the D minor trio shortly after, completing it in 1839. Mendelssohn’s friend the composer-pianist Ferdinand Hiller advised him after the completion to make several revisions to make the work sound as up to date as possible – Hiller, was a pupil of Hummel was a keen supporter of Berlioz and Liszt. The result is a work of perfect proportions, with a brilliant piano part, skilful counterpoint and a wonderful blend of classical poise and romantic passion. Schumann reviewing the Leipzig premiere on 1840 commented that the trio was a masterpiece that would ‘bring joy to our children and grandchildren’. The 2nd trio is dedicated to the great German violinist and composer Louis Spohr.

Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (2016)

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Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (2016)

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (2016)
Freiburger Barockorchester, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902228 | Time: 01:07:34

Following his critically acclaimed recording of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.2, Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado returns with Symphonies Nos.3 and 4, this time leading the Freiburger Barockorchester. Both works have origins in the composer’s 1829- 1831 tour of Europe. Symphony No.3, sometimes called the “Scottish” symphony, was inspired by a visit to the ruined Holyrood Chapel in Edinburgh in 1829. It was not completed until 1842, making it, chronologically, the last of his five symphonies. Symphony No.4, called the “Italian” symphony, was born of the color and atmosphere of Italy, and was completed in Berlin in 1833.

Sitkovetsky Trio - Felix Mendelssohn: The Piano Trios (2015)

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Sitkovetsky Trio - Felix Mendelssohn: The Piano Trios (2015)

Sitkovetsky Trio - Felix Mendelssohn: The Piano Trios (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2109 | Time: 00:57:00

'The masterpiece of our time in the trio genre' is how Robert Schumann described Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor when he reviewed the work upon its publication in 1840. Comparing it to the trios by Beethoven and Schubert, Schumann continued: 'a very beautiful composition, which in years to come will continue to delight our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.' And so it has the D minor trio remains one of the most popular of Mendelssohn's chamber works, uniting the composer's gift for melody with his feeling for textures and formal mastery. A few years later he penned the Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor between February and April 1845. An intensely emotional first movement is followed by a blissful Andante espressivo and a shimmering, truly Mendelsohnian Scherzo. The Finale returns to the passionate mood of the opening, but in the course of the movement hymn-like allusions appear and lend an air of sacred celebration to the movement. These two highpoints in the Romantic repertoire for piano trio are here performed by the young Sitkovetsky Trio.

LSO, John Eliot Gardiner - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 'Reformation'; Overtures (2015)

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LSO, John Eliot Gardiner - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 'Reformation'; Overtures (2015)

Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony No.5 'Reformation'; Overtures (2015)
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: LSO Live | # LSO0775 | Time: 00:47:09

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra join forces once again in the latest instalment of their exploration of Mendelssohn’s symphonies. Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 5, commonly known as the ‘Reformation’ Symphony, was written in 1830 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Augsberg confession – a seminal event in the Protestant Reformation. Allusions to the symphony’s title and inspiration can be heard throughout the music itself; the Dresden Amen is cited by the strings in the first movement whilst the finale is based on Martin Luther’s well-known chorale Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God’). Coupled with this are two of Mendelssohn’s overtures, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage and Ruy Blas, both of which were inspired by literary works. Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, based on two short poems by Goethe, depicts the journey of sailors at sea with a still adagio opening ultimately giving way to a triumphant homecoming. Completing the album, the overture Ruy Blas was commissioned by the Leipzig Theatre as an overture to Victor Hugo’s tragic drama of the same name.

Vladimir Sofronitzky - Historical Russian Archives: Vladimir Sofronitzky Edition (2008) 9CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Vladimir Sofronitzky - Historical Russian Archives: Vladimir Sofronitzky Edition (2008) 9CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Vladimir Sofronitzky - Historical Russian Archives: Vladimir Sofronitzky Edition (2008)
Works by Scriabin, Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninoff
Prokofiev, Borodin, Beethoven, Mendelssohn

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.29 Gb | Scans ~ 23 Mb | Time: 09:05:14
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 8975

Vladimir Sofronitsky was among the greatest Russian pianists of the twentieth century, and, while he had become a somewhat less prominent figure following his death, he must be still considered in the company of Richter, Gilels, and Yudina. In his time, Sofronitsky became widely recognized as the leading interpreter of and authority on the music of Scriabin in Eastern Europe. He was also highly praised for his interpretations of the piano works of Robert Schumann and he was a highly respected teacher.

COE, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Felix Mendelssohn: 'Ein Sommernachtstraum', Op. 61; 'Die erste Walpurgisnacht', Op. 60 (1993)

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COE, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Felix Mendelssohn: 'Ein Sommernachtstraum', Op. 61; 'Die erste Walpurgisnacht', Op. 60 (1993)

Felix Mendelssohn: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Op. 61; 'Die erste Walpurgisnacht', Op. 60 (1993)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 339 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 209 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Orchestral, Choral | Label: Teldec | # 9031-74882-2 | Time: 01:17:55

Mendelssohn's highly potent brand of magic here in rhythmically robust live recordings of eight numbers from A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a formidable team of soloists for the spooky Walpurgisnacht.

Ivry Gitlis - The Art of Ivry Gitlis: Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Bartok (1992) 2CDs

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Ivry Gitlis - The Art of Ivry Gitlis: Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Bartok (1992) 2CDs

Ivry Gitlis - The Art of Ivry Gitlis (1992) 2CDs
Tchaikovsky - Bruch - Sibelius - Mendelssohn - Bartók

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 529 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: VoxBox | # CDX2 5505 | Time: 02:39:09

There are several reasons to own this Vox Box 2CD set. For the first, it includes five great violin concertos in some of the very best performances in their discography. For the second, Ivry Gitlis (born 1922) is a great living violinist and these recordings made in early 1950s show his art in the best way, when Ivry's violin sounded powerful and brilliant.

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Carolin Widmann - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos (2016)

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Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Carolin Widmann - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos (2016)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos (2016)
Carolin Widmann, violin & direction; Chamber Orchestra of Europe

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Scans included | 00:59:29
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2427, 481 2635

Recordings of Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, are abundant, and even the pairing with the rarer Robert Schumann Violin Concerto, WoO 23, of 1853 are not as infrequent as they used to be. The thorny Schumann concerto has undergone a reevaluation upward, and plenty of players now concur with the judgment of Yehudi Menuhin: "This concerto is the historically missing link of the violin literature; it is the bridge between the Beethoven and the Brahms concertos, though leaning more towards Brahms." Violinist Carolin Widmann who (like the ECM label on which the album appears) has focused mostly on contemporary music, takes up the challenge of providing something new here, and she meets it. The central fact of the recording is that Widmann conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from the violin. Others have done this before, but few have pursued the implications of the technique as far as Widmann has: the performances are unusually light and transparent, and they are perhaps thus in accord with the sounds an orchestra of the middle 19th century might have produced. Sample the unusually lively, sprightly reading of the Mendelssohn concerto's finale.

RCO Amsterdam; George Szell - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Franz Schubert: Rosamunde (1989) [Re-Up]

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RCO Amsterdam; George Szell - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Franz Schubert: Rosamunde (1989) [Re-Up]

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Franz Schubert: From the Incidental Music to Rosamunde
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; George Szell, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 426 071-2 | Time: 00:59:23

George Szell's Philips Concertgebouw legacy includes some distinguished recordings, with the scintillating Midsummer Night's Dream suite taking pride of place. Few if any rivals can match the ''Scherzo'' (not even Szell's later Cleveland recording is as buoyant or precise), while the Overture is extraordinarily well drilled and the ''Nocturne'', although cool, has a genuine sense of repose. The Schubert Rosamunde excerpts display all the drive and textural clarity that Szell habitually brought to, say, the Great C major Symphony…

Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts: Bruch, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Elgar, Mendelssohn (2005) [Re-Up]

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Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts: Bruch, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Elgar, Mendelssohn (2005) [Re-Up]

Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts (2005)
Max Bruch, J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Antonio Vivaldi, Felix Mendelssohn, Edward Elgar

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 394 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 0946 3 31049 2 1 | Time: 01:09:33

Medieval Baebes and other far greater shocks to the bourgeoisie have come along. Wild adventures placed under the rubric of performances of Vivaldi's Four Seasons are commonplace. Yet Nigel Kennedy continues to roost atop the classical sales charts in Europe, and even to command a decent following in the U.S. despite a low American tolerance for British eccentricity. How does he do it? He has kept reinventing himself successfully. Perhaps he's the classical world's version of Madonna: he's possessed of both unerring commercial instincts and with enough of a sense of style to be able to dress them up as forms of rebellion. Inner Thoughts is a collection of slow movements – inner movements of famous concertos from Bach and Vivaldi to Brahms, Bruch, and Elgar.