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The Eclipse of Music

The musical world described Mendelssohn's death as 'the eclipse of music', yet the posthumous attitude to his work has often been derogatory. Donald Macleod charts the composer's final years, from the death of his beloved sister, Fanny, to his own in 1847 and his remarkable legacy, exemplified by his Violin Concerto in E minor.

Part of Radio 3's Composers of the Year 2009 season.

Fanny Mendelssohn: Bergeslust, Op 10, No 5
Susan Gritton (soprano)
Eugene Asti (piano)
Hyperion CDA 67110
CD1 t29

String Quartet in F minor, Op 80
Melos Quartet
Deutsche Grammophon 4158832
CD1 tracks 9-12

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64
Nikolaj Znaider
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta (conductor)
RCA 82876692172
CD1 tracks 1-3.

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Fri 30 Jan 2009 22:00

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