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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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« 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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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #113 on: March 25, 2020, 02:11:08 PM »
Any love for Mendelssohn lately? His music has been in semi-regular rotation for me ever since his birthday (early February, the 3rd I believe). What I've been listening to and enjoying is the piano concertos, the piano trios, some of the string symphonies, and the Reformation symphony. There's a lot I still need to hear, especially in terms of chamber music.

As for the string symphonies, I have the box with all the Concerto Köln recordings of them alongside Kurt Masur conducting the full orchestral symphonies. But somehow I prefer the Nicholas Ward, Northern Chamber Orchestra recordings on Naxos. Could just be modern vs period instruments; I don't really know. Some of these string symphonies are really nice.

Still looking for the violin concerto recording that's just right for me. I'm considering getting the Perlman/Haitink or the Mutter/Karajan.

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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #114 on: March 26, 2020, 02:24:45 AM »
Any love for Mendelssohn lately? His music has been in semi-regular rotation for me ever since his birthday (early February, the 3rd I believe). What I've been listening to and enjoying is the piano concertos, the piano trios, some of the string symphonies, and the Reformation symphony. There's a lot I still need to hear, especially in terms of chamber music.

I strongly recommend you (1) Die Erste Walpurgisnacht, a stunningly beautiful cantata featuring a scene as dark and chilling as the Wolf's Glen from Freischuetz and (2) probably his best kept secret: the Lieder and Duets, which in terms of melodic inventivity give Schubert a hard run for the money. Hyperion has issued a splendid 4 or 5 disc series.
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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #115 on: March 26, 2020, 02:39:02 AM »
I strongly recommend you (1) Die Erste Walpurgisnacht, a stunningly beautiful cantata featuring a scene as dark and chilling as the Wolf's Glen from Freischuetz and (2) probably his best kept secret: the Lieder and Duets, which in terms of melodic inventivity give Schubert a hard run for the money. Hyperion has issued a splendid 4 or 5 disc series.

What timing. My #morninglistening:


#morninglistening to #Mendelssohn’s #DieErsteWalpurgisnacht w/ #FriederBernius, #KammerchorStuttgart &
@DKAMbremen on @CarusVerlag

: http://a-fwd.to/11M3lhn


(Haven't, alas, found it on Amazon yet. But the Harnoncourt is good, too.)

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Re: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) - Bicentennial Celebration!
« Reply #116 on: March 26, 2020, 02:56:50 AM »
What timing. My #morninglistening:


#morninglistening to #Mendelssohn’s #DieErsteWalpurgisnacht w/ #FriederBernius, #KammerchorStuttgart &
@DKAMbremen on @CarusVerlag

: http://a-fwd.to/11M3lhn


(Haven't, alas, found it on Amazon yet. But the Harnoncourt is good, too.)

I have this one:



not the above incarnation, though, but actually as a part of this:

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”  --- Victor Hugo