Felix Mendelssohn Master

Felix Mendelssohn - 'Ein Sommernachtstraum', Op. 61; 'Die erste Walpurgisnacht', Op. 60 (1993) [Harnoncourt]

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

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Genre: Classical, Orchestral, Choral | Label: Teldec | # 9031-74882-2 | Time: 01:17:55

The catalog doesn't need a new version of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, but this one is sung and spoken in German (hence the use of Sommernachtstraum on the cover), which is rare. It's reminder that Mendelssohn was setting a German translation of Shakespeare. Harnoncourt's performance is very fine. His speakers and singers are first-rate, and he evokes both the dreamy relaxation of the play and its mercurial swiftness. Tempos are on the fast side, phrasing is crips without being terse, and the execution by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe could be mistaken for the Concertgebouw.
Felix Mendelssohn - Frühbeck de Burgos - Elijah Op.70 (1968, reissue 2004)

Felix Mendelssohn - Elijah Op.70
Dietrich Fisher-Dieskau / New Philarmonia Orchestra & Chorus, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos / Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
2xCD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC (tracks): 629 MB | Artwork: 40 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: EMI Classics # 7243 5 86257 2 1 | Country/Year: Europe 2004, 1968
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Sacred, Oratorio

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, eminent Spanish conductor, was born to a Spanish mother and a German father…Frühbeck de Burgos is also a renowned interpreter of the music of Mendelssohn and has made recordings of Elijah and the complete incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, which have been critically praised.
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

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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.
Carolin Widmann - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann (2016)

Carolin Widmann - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann (2016)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | Tracks: 6 | 59:26 min | 131 Mb
Style: Classical | Label: ECM Records

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."
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

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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)
Tigran Alikhanov, Moscow String Quartet - Sergey Taneyev: Piano Quintet, Op.30; Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet, Op.3 (2008)

Sergey Taneyev: Piano Quintet, Op.30; Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet, Op.3 (2008)
Tigran Alikhanov, piano; Moscow String Quartet

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Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 1001240 | Time: 01:16:34

Typically stirring and passionate Russian sounding performances of these two lyrical and popular pieces. As ever the Moscow String Quartet play with their customary musicianship and brilliance. “The performing style of Tigran Alikhanov is notable for its seriousness, careful approach to the composer’s conception and a wealth of timbral sound on the piano. The virtuosic side of Alikhanov’s art stands on a very high level” remarks pianist Nikolai Petrov.
Cecilia String Quartet - Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartets, Op.44 Nos. 1, 2 (2015)

Cecilia String Quartet - Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartets, Op.44 Nos. 1, 2 (2015)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Analekta | # AN29844 | 00:45:05

GRAMOPHONE Magazine Editor's Choice - February 2016. The Cecilia String Quartet's performances have been hailed as “powerful” (Chicago Sun- Times) and their Analekta albums were acclaimed for their “deeply felt imperativeness” (The Strad), and applauded for “unleashing the music’s ecstasy and angst” (Gramophone Magazine). For this new recording, the CSQ chose to record two of the three quartets of Felix Mendelssohn's Op. 44, which are the centrepiece of his mature string quartets. He wrote them in the years 1837-38, starting composition at the age of 28, when his fame in the international musical community was rapidly growing. Elegant and irresistible!
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

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

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

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

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