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MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Concerto for Violin and Piano / String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20 (Leschenko, Tognetti)

MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Concerto for Violin and Piano / String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20 (Leschenko, Tognetti)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Australian Chamber Orchestra


Australian Chamber Orchestra, members

Ensemble

Richard Tognetti

Soloist

Polina Leschenko

Soloist

Australian Chamber Orchestra, members



Venue:

Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Ultimo Center, Sydney, Australia


Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney, Australia



Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 66:00
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MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Concerto for Violin and Piano / String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20 (Leschenko, Tognetti)

     
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FELIX MENDELSSOHN

     
 

Concerto for Violin and Piano, MWV O4

 
1 I. Allegro 17:48
 Polina Leschenko Soloist
2 II. Adagio 8:37
 Richard Tognetti Soloist
3 III. Allegro molto 8:56
 Richard Tognetti Soloist
     
 

String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20, MWV R20

 
4 I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco 13:59
  Australian Chamber Orchestra, members Ensemble
5 II. Andante 6:38
  Australian Chamber Orchestra, members Ensemble
6 III. Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo 4:29
  Australian Chamber Orchestra, members Ensemble
7 IV. Presto 5:33
  Australian Chamber Orchestra, members Ensemble


Among the many child prodigies that have made their mark in the history of music,Felix Mendelssohn is, along with Mozart, possibly the most impressive. By the age of fifteen he had already composed 13 string symphonies and a number of concertos, and his first ‘proper’ symphony was not far away. He wasn’t just highly productive, however – his contemporaries already recognized the high quality of the works he produced: ‘Felix Mendelssohn composes with the greatest conceivable ease and with inextinguishable abundance of spirit, the most difficult pieces…’ wrote a German reviewer in 1822. Both pieces recorded here were composed with Mendelssohn’s friend and violin teacher, Eduard Ritz, in mind. Felix himself premièred the Double Concerto in D minor with Ritz in May 1823 at one of the famous Sunday concerts at the Mendelssohn residence in Berlin, but except for a second outing later the same year, the work remained unperformed until 1957. Here the piano part – in turn quick-silvery and lyrical – is defended by the Russian-born pianist Polina Leschenko, making her first appearance on BIS. She is partnered byRichard Tognetti, artistic director and leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Tognetti also leads seven of his colleagues from the ACO in the String Octet in E flat major, which Mendelssohn composed as a birthday present for Eduard Ritz. Written two years after the concerto, the octetonly received its first public performance in 1836 but quickly became immensely popular. Although it belongs to the genre of chamber music, Mendelssohn himself underlined that it was to be played by all the instruments ‘in symphonic orchestral style’. He also explored the orchestral potential of the work at a performance of his Symphony No.1 in 1829, replacing the symphony’s minuet with an expanded arrangement of the Octet’s scherzo.

          Performance ****      Recording ****

"... a vivid performance with strong dynamic contrasts ..."

Roger Nichols - BBC Music magazine - August 2013


 "... The recorded sound is up to BIS’s usual superb standard ... I recommend this vastly enjoyable disc without any reservation."

Nigel Simeone - International Record review - May 2013


"...Those seeking a recording should consider the present issue very seriously because the coupling is unusual and the whole is better recorded that any other I know."
 
Dave Billinge - MusicWeb-International.com - April 2013



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