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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Unfinshed symphony No. 6
« Reply #100 on: August 06, 2018, 12:47:50 PM »
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I will need some time to peruse your score: many thanks for sharing it!
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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #101 on: August 09, 2018, 10:53:59 PM »
What is the consensus on the Brilliant complete chamber music box?

I'm not aware of any consensus... but looking at the ingredients, it seems to be a very mixed bag, indeed. But Joan Berkhemer and the Trio he's in with Klara Wuertz are second rank but top-notch musicians whom I'd put some faith into giving very musical accounts. But the quartets and quintets, I wouldn't bank on top-notch stuff. But you would have those already in this MUST-MUST-MUST HAVE box, right?!?!  [The Re-Issue]

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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #102 on: August 20, 2018, 06:39:00 AM »
What is the consensus on the Brilliant complete chamber music box?

The consensus is just what any other composer's Brilliant complete chamber music box is: a mixed bag but at this price a no-brainer.  :D
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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #103 on: August 20, 2018, 11:25:53 AM »
Much as I enjoy a lot of Mendelssohn’s music, I will admit that it rarely plumbs great emotional depths (which isn’t a bad thing). However, one exception is the powerful slow movement of his String Quintet no. 2, which has a grave, almost Bachian stateliness with its “walking bass” cello line. It rises to a climax of great emotional intensity not often found in Mendelssohn’s output.
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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #104 on: August 21, 2018, 12:46:14 AM »
Much as I enjoy a lot of Mendelssohn’s music, I will admit that it rarely plumbs great emotional depths (which isn’t a bad thing). However, one exception is the powerful slow movement of his String Quintet no. 2, which has a grave, almost Bachian stateliness with its “walking bass” cello line. It rises to a climax of great emotional intensity not often found in Mendelssohn’s output.

Also the string quartets, esp. the F Minor, which is a heartrending masterpiece the equal of anything ever composed for string quartet.

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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #105 on: August 21, 2018, 10:37:45 AM »
Also the string quartets, esp. the F Minor, which is a heartrending masterpiece the equal of anything ever composed for string quartet.

Yes, the F minor quartet is a great work as well. There’s also some poignant moments in his first two quartets.
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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #106 on: October 17, 2018, 04:57:58 AM »
I think that St. Paul is AT LEAST as good an oratorio as Elijah - and it has the benefit of not being about an ISIS-style religious fanatic mass murderer.

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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #109 on: July 11, 2019, 01:22:11 AM »
Any Mendelssohn fans familiar with this?



  Just played it, and liked it a lot, but all I could think was "Is this really Mendelssohn?"
    It is so turbocharged and aggressively dynamic, from start to finish, that it doesn't fit my impression of the composer at all.  Most of my M focuses on long, beautiful lines and rich sonic color. However, it is generally pretty staid and placid.  This disk reminds me of LP days from my youth, playing a 33RPM at 45 to see how it would sound...
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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #110 on: July 11, 2019, 01:40:11 AM »
I remember sampling it and not being impressed at all by what I heard.

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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #111 on: July 11, 2019, 10:38:45 PM »
Brenda Lucas Ogdon was John Ogdon’s wife and partner in an LP he made of duets by Debussy and Bizet,  Last year she released this recording of WTC 2, on a modern piano, ...

Seeing Brenda Lucas mentioned in a thread elsewhere reminded me of this Mendelssohn recording which was a great favourite of mine back in the day - a wonderful antidote to the heavier fare that I mostly listened to at that time.



Both concertos are now available as disc 2 of this compilation.


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