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Mendelssohn Weekend

Duration:
3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 09 May 2009

Building a Library:
MENDELSSOHN: Octet in E flat major Op. 20

Reviewer - Piers Burton-Page

First choice:
(c/w MENDELSSOHN: Sextet in D major Op. 110)
Chamber Music Ensemble of Lincoln Center
Delos DE 3266 (CD)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data
bal.mendelssohn:
bal.mendelssohn.octet.op.20

Andrew McGregor introduces Radio 3's weekly programme devoted to all that's new in the world of recorded music, with a focus on recordings of Mendelssohn.

Including:

09.05am

MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in E minor Op. 44 No. 2
(c/w SCHUBERT: Quartettsatz in C minor D. 703; MOZART: String Quartet in C major K. 465 ‘Dissonance’; MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in D major Op. 44 No. 1 (Andante espressivo ma con moto))
Elias String Quartet
Wigmore Hall Live WHlive0028 (CD, Mid Price)

09.10am Disc of the Week (Part 1)

MENDELSSOHN: Piano Sonata in E Major Op. 6
(c/w MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor Op. 25; Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor Op. 40; Prelude and Fugue Op. 35 No. 1)
Murray Perahia (piano)
Sony Classical 88697 00818 2 (CD, Mid Price)

09.30 am Building a Library Recommendation

MENDELSSOHN: Octet in E flat major Op. 20

Reviewer – Piers Burton-Page

First choice recommendation:
(c/w MENDELSSOHN: Sextet in D major Op. 110)
Chamber Music Ensemble of Lincoln Center
Delos DE 3266 (CD)

Next week Iain Burnside compares recordings of Liszt Transcendental Studies S. 139.

10.25 am New Releases

Andrew talks to Harriet Smith and Ivan Hewett about some recent releases of Mendelssohn’s music. With extracts from a selection of the following discs:

MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 in A major Op. 90 ‘Italian’
(c/w BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98)
Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
Decca Concerts 002894758216 (download only)

MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 56 ‘Scottish’
(c/w MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 11
New Philharmonia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)
Brilliant Classics 93777 (7 CDs, Budget)

MENDELSSOHN: String Symphony No. 12 in G minor
(c/w MENDELSSOHN: String Symphony No. 1 in C major; String Symphony No. 6 in E flat major; String Symphony No. 7 in D minor)
Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Lev Markiz (conductor)
Brilliant Classics 93777 (7 CDs, Budget)

MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64
(c/w MENDELSSOHN: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 49; Violin Sonata in F major (1838))
Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin), Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur (conductor), Lynn Harrell (cello), Andre Previn (piano)
Deutsche Grammophon 00289 477 8001 (CD with bonus DVD)

MENDELSSOHN: Cello Sonata in D Op. 58
(c/w MENDELSSOHN: Cello Sonata in B flat Op. 45; Song Without Words (Andante) Op. 109; Variations concertantes Op. 17)
Claude Starck (cello), Christoph Eschenbach (piano)
Brilliant Classics 93888/17 (40 CDs, Budget)

MENDELSSOHN: Magnificat in D
(c/w MENDELSSOHN: Jesu meine Freude; Tu es Petrus Op. 111; Wir glauben an einen Gott; Gloria)
Andrea L. Brown (Soprano), Monica Groop (alto), Werner Güra (tenor), Michael Volle (bass) Kammerchor Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Frieder Bernius (conductor)
Carus 83.216 (Hybrid SACD)

MENDELSSOHN: Paulus
Susan Gritton (soprano), Jean Rigby (mezzo-soprano), Barry Banks (tenor), Peter Coleman-Wright (bass), BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox (conductor)
Chandos 10516(2)X (2CDs, Mid Price)

MENDELSSOHN: String Quintet No. 2 Op. 87
(c/w MENDELSSOHN: String Quintet No. 1 Op. 18)
Mannheim String Quartet, Jone Kaliunaite (viola)
CPO 777 3892 (CD, Mid Price)

MENDELSSOHN: Concerto for piano and strings in A minor
(c/w Concerto for violin, piano and strings on D minor)
Andreas Staier (fortepiano), Rainer Kussmaul (violin), Concerto Koln
Warner 2564 69270-9 (4 CDs, Budget)

MENDELSSOHN: Piano Works
Prelude in B minor Op 104a No. 2; Rondo Capriccioso Op. 14; Lied Op 34 Nos. 2 & 4 [transc. Liszt]; 3 Etudes Op. 104b; Song Without Words Op. 38 No. 2; 3 Fantaisies ou Caprices Op. 16 (Scherzo); Song Without Words Op. 19 No. 2; Variations Serieuses Op 54; Song Without Words Op. 102 No. 5; Caprices Op. 33 Nos. 2 & 3; Songs Without Words Op. 67 Nos. 2 & 5; A midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo) [transc. Rachmaninov]
Bertrand Chamayou
Naïve V 5131 (CD)

11.50 am Disc of the Week (Part 2)

MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor Op. 40
(c/w MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor Op. 25; Piano Sonata in E Major Op. 6; Prelude and Fugue Op. 35 No. 1)
Murray Perahia (piano), Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)
Sony Classical 88697 00818 2 (CD, Mid Price)

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