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Louis Lortie - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Symphony No. 5 "Reformation" (2009)

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Louis Lortie - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Symphony No. 5 "Reformation" (2009)

Louis Lortie - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Symphony No. 5 "Reformation" (2009)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 250 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 162 MB | 01:04:10
Genre: Classical | Label: ATMA Classique

This recording from Quebec's ATMA Classique label is a mixed bag in terms of both repertory and quality. The former aspect is a plus: the program of two Mendelssohn piano concertos plus the Symphony No. 5, Op. 107, "Reformation," is a natural mix that covers several phases of Mendelssohn's career and might easily show up on a live symphonic program, but CD marketers do not so often mix concertos and symphonies in this way. Montreal-born pianist Louis Lortie plays and conducts throughout, which Mendelssohn himself might have done, and the results are generally enjoyable.

Stephen Hough - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos (Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 17) (1997)

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Stephen Hough - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos (Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 17) (1997)

Stephen Hough - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos (Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 17) (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 75:13 | 323 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA66969

With Stephen Hough's Mendelssohn we enter a new dimension. The soft, stylish arpeggios that open the first work here, the Capriccio brillant, announce something special. But this is just a preparation for the First Concerto. Here again, 'stylish' is the word. One can sense the background – especially the operatic background against which these works were composed. The first solo doesn't simply storm away, fortissimo; one hears distinct emotional traits: the imperious, thundering octaves, the agitated semiquavers, the pleading appoggiaturas.

Yehudi Menuhin - The Great Violin Concertos: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch [3CDs] (1991)

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Yehudi Menuhin - The Great Violin Concertos: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch [3CDs] (1991)

Yehudi Menuhin - The Great Violin Concertos: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.99 Gb | Total time: 71:38+71:21+65:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CZS 7 67310 2 | Recorded: 1956-1961

Admirers of Sir Yehudi Menuhin will be pleased to have this compilation of his early stereo recordings of the major violin concertos. I have always enjoyed his version of the Bach Double Concerto with Christian Ferras; it rightly dominated the catalogue throughout the 1960s, and the spirited baroque vitality of the performance, plus a beautifully judged central Largo, give great satisfaction. Moreover, it demonstrates what a good sound balance Peter Andry and Neville Boyling could achieve in London's Kingsway Hall in 1959.

Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'Italian' (2013)

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Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'Italian' (2013)

Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64; Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian' (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 56:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Centaur | # CRC 3287 | Recorded: 2012

This album features the seldom-played Second Version of the Italian Symphony, and the seldom-played first version of the Violin Concerto. Both are played by the superb early music chamber orchestra, Capella Savaria, conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Zsolt Kalló is the superb violin soloist.

Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1997)

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Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1997)

Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 220 Mb | Total time: 44:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921101 | Recorded: 1997

"…a performance full of character and joy. It bristles with energy without adopting extreme tempos; period instrument sonorities refresh even that over-exposed Wedding March."
— BBC Music Magazine

Hans-Christoph Rademann, Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Felix Mendelssohn: Elias (2016)

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Hans-Christoph Rademann, Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Felix Mendelssohn: Elias (2016)

Hans-Christoph Rademann, Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Felix Mendelssohn: Elias (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 541 Mb | Total time: 126:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accentus Music | # ACC-30356 | Recorded: 2015

"Never was there a more complete triumph - never a more thorough and speedy recognition of a great work of art." This was the response of the critic in the London Times to the wildly successful premiere of Felix Mendelssohn's Elias in 1846. Hans-Christoph Rademann began his tenure as Principal Conductor of the RIAS Chamber Choir with this groundbreaking oratorio. After eight productive and successful years, his final concert in July 2015 also featured the work.

Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 & 5 (1997)

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Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 & 5 (1997)

Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 & 5 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 563 Mb | Total time: 01:59:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 4562672 | Recorded: 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996

The best period instrument recording of Mendelssohn Symphonies 3,4,5 and Overtures " the Hebrides" and "Calm sea and Prosperous Voyage". Bruggen's tempos are moderate and textures are very clear: you can hear individual voices in the orchestra not obvious in many recordings. The Orchestra of the 18th Century play with a full sound and are never scrawny. Orchestra of the 18th Century's horns, clarinet, and flutes were very well played in these live recordings from 1990, 1994, 1995, and 1996.

Leipziger Streichquartett, Barbara Buntrock - Mendelssohn: String Quintets (2013)

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Leipziger Streichquartett, Barbara Buntrock - Mendelssohn: String Quintets (2013)

Leipziger Streichquartett, Barbara Buntrock - Mendelssohn: String Quintets (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 286 MB | 56:50
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

The 21st century has seen a certain revival of interest in Felix Mendelssohn's chamber music, and an entry in the field from the German audiophile label MDG is welcome. In the realm of engineering, this recording is superb even by MDG's high standards, with startlingly clear, immediate, yet never overwhelming sound captured at one of the label's favorite haunts, the Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (a historic abbey). The effect is impressive in the String Quartet No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 87, a work in which Mendelssohn pulls out all the stops to create an orchestra-like texture. It's a tremendously exciting piece, not very Mendelssohn-like, and not much like anything else in the chamber music repertory.

Christoph Schoener - Mendelssohn: Organ Works (2018)

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Christoph Schoener - Mendelssohn: Organ Works (2018)

Christoph Schoener - Mendelssohn: Organ Works (2018)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 306 MB | 01:17:54
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

A total of four organs group themselves around the listener inthree dimensions in St. Michael's Church in Hamburg, and all fourinstruments are spectacularly employed on this Super Audio CD. Churchmusic director Christoph Schoener has designed a very special programfor the organs in his workplace: music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdythat has never been heard before in just this way. Schoener pullsall the stops on the central console and covers a spectrum rangingfrom the complete late-romantic forces of the entire organ systemto the filigree murmuring of individual tone colors. A special treat:a solo for the echo organ installed high above in the ceiling sphere!

Ullrich Böhme - Mendelssohn: Sonaten Op. 65 Nos. 1-6 (1995)

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Ullrich Böhme - Mendelssohn: Sonaten Op. 65 Nos. 1-6 (1995)

Ullrich Böhme - Mendelssohn: Sonaten Op. 65 Nos. 1-6 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 74:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C10702 | Recorded: 1994

Im umfangreichen Werkverzeichnis von Felix Mendelssohn nehmen die Orgelwerke nur einen relativ bescheidenen Nischenplatz ein. Im Stammbaum der Orgelmusik aber stehen sie an prominenter Stelle: Vor allem die Sechs Sonaten Op.65 sind die wichtigsten Bindeglieder zwischen Barock und Romantik, kompositorische Leuchttürme aus einer Zeit, die mit der Orgel ansonsten nicht viel anzufangen wusste. Ihre Impulse, namentlich für die Entstehung von Orgelmusik in Deutschland, waren enorm. Sie eröffneten zahlreiche neue und unerhörte Möglichkeiten für die vermeintlich so ungelenke Orgel.

Michael Collins, Michael McHale - The Lyrical Clarinet, Volume 3 (2020)

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Michael Collins, Michael McHale - The Lyrical Clarinet, Volume 3 (2020)

Michael Collins, Michael McHale - The Lyrical Clarinet, Volume 3 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 70:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 20147 | Recorded: 2019

Michael Collins MBE is one of the most complete musicians of his generation. Continuing his distinguished career as a soloist, he has in recent years also become highly regarded as a conductor and in 2010 took up the position as Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia, and works with leading orchestras around the world both as a soloist and as a conductor. Committed for many years to expanding the repertoire of the clarinet, he has premiered works by some of todays most highly regarded composers, including John Adams, Elliott Carter, Brett Dean and Mark-Anthony Turnage. In addition to commissioning and supporting new compositions, he is also a champion of well-crafted arrangements of other works for the clarinet.

Kay Stern, Dawn Harms, Patricia Helller, Emil Miland - Violins of Hope: Heggie, Schubert, Mendelssohn (2021)

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Kay Stern, Dawn Harms, Patricia Helller, Emil Miland - Violins of Hope: Heggie, Schubert, Mendelssohn (2021)

Kay Stern, Dawn Harms, Patricia Helller, Emil Miland - Violins of Hope: Heggie, Schubert, Mendelssohn (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 75:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5186879 | Recorded: 2020

Violins of Hope presents instruments that were owned by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust, representing strength and optimism for the future during mankind’s darkest hour. They have been refurbished by luthiers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, founders of the Violins of Hope project. On this album, recorded live at Kohl Mansion, the instruments are used to perform two string quartet masterpieces by Schubert and Mendelssohn, alongside a new composition by Jake Heggie, inspired by the violins’ histories. Schubert’s unfinished Quartettsatz is often considered Schubert’s first mature work and displays a typically Schubertian mix of impetuous agitation and sublime lyricism.

Christian Poltera, Ronald Brautigam - Felix Mendelssohn: Works for Cello and Piano (2017) [Re-Up]

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Christian Poltera, Ronald Brautigam - Felix Mendelssohn: Works for Cello and Piano (2017) [Re-Up]

Felix Mendelssohn: Works for Cello & Piano (2017)
Christian Poltéra (cello), Ronald Brautigam (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2187 | 01:00:26

It is well known that Felix Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny was a highly talented musician, but fewer are familiar with the fact that there were two other musical siblings in the Mendelssohn family: Rebecka, a gifted singer, and Paul, a very competent amateur cellist. It is to Paul, a banker by profession, that we owe the existence of much of Felix’s music for the instrument, which in spite of Beethoven’s endeavours hadn’t yet become firmly established as a duo partner of the piano. Fitting comfortably on a single release, Mendelssohn’s works for cello and piano are here presented by Christian Poltera and Ronald Brautigam, who open with the Variations concertantes in D major, composed in 1829. Brautigam has recently released the composer’s Lieder ohne Worte, performing them on a copy of a piano by Pleyel from 1830, and plays the same instrument on the present disc. Meanwhile, Poltera has chosen to equip his 1711 Stradivarius cello with gut strings, and together the two musicians and their instruments create a sound which is both flexible, transparent and vigorous – ideal for Mendelssohn’s scores.

Daniel Müller-Schott, Jonathan Gilad - Mendelssohn: Works for Cello and Piano (2010)

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Daniel Müller-Schott, Jonathan Gilad - Mendelssohn: Works for Cello and Piano (2010)

Daniel Müller-Schott, Jonathan Gilad - Mendelssohn: Works for Cello and Piano (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:20 | 343 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Orfeo | Catalog: 750101

Among Mendelssohn's considerable chamber music output, the works for cello and piano had a special place for the composer. Although he was not himself a cellist, his brother Paul was an accomplished amateur and Mendelssohn likely kept him in mind when composing the three larger-scale works. Following in the footsteps of Beethoven, Mendelssohn continued to move more toward an equal partnership between the two instruments. By the time he composed the D major Sonata in 1843, a true feeling of cello sonata as opposed to a sonata for piano and cello was achieved. This Orfeo album features cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and pianist Jonathan Gilad.

Jonas Kaufmann, Jochen Rieder, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - It's Christmas! (2020)

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Jonas Kaufmann, Jochen Rieder, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - It's Christmas! (2020)

Jonas Kaufmann, Jochen Rieder, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - It's Christmas! (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 588 Mb | Total time: 120:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 19439786762 | Recorded: 2019, 2020

In a Christmas album that is a gift itself, Jonas Kaufmann the most acclaimed operatic tenor of the age echoes his own holiday memories and joys with It s Christmas!, celebrating the most festive time of the year with a unique selection of beloved songs and carols. This uniquely rich and diverse holiday album features 40 favorites that reflect the many facets of Christmas, from ancient Christian hymns to contemporary pop classics.