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Daniel Hope - Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Octet, Songs (2007)

28-09-2016, 10:53
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Octet, Songs
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Genre: Classical
Quality: Mp3 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 01:04:36
Total Size: 151 / 307 Mb


Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
01. I. Allegro con fuoco
02. II. Andante
03. III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace

Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20
04. I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco
05. II. Andante
06. III. Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo
07. IV. Presto

Songs for voice & piano
08. Hexenlied - Andres Maienlied ("Die Schwalbe fliegt"), Op. 8, No. 8
09. Suleika ("Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen"), Op. 34, No. 4
10. Auf Flugeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op. 34, No. 2

Felix Mendelssohn – Composed
Daniel Hope - Violin
Thomas Hengelbrock – Conductor (tracks: 1-3)
Chamber Orchestra Of Europe (tracks: 1-3)
Kate Gould, William Conway – Cello (tracks: 4-7)
Pascal Siffert, Stewart Eaton – Viola (tracks: 4-7)
Christian Eisenberger, Lucy Gould, Sophie Besancon – Violin (tracks: 4-7)
Sebastian Knauer – Piano (tracks: 8-10)

After this recording was released in late 2007, some critics asserted that violinist Daniel Hope and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe's performances of Mendelssohn's ever popular Violin Concerto and Octet for Strings were anything but Mendelssohnian, that they were hard where they should be light and edgy were they should be sprightly. Others responded that the performances were all these things, but that these things are truly Mendelssohnian. Featuring the world-premiere recordings of the original version of the concerto and the revised edition of the Octet, the works as performed here represent the composer's first and second thoughts on well-known and -loved works, and the differences, while very subtle, clearly excite the players into giving their best. With his wiry tone, focused intensity, and flamboyant technique, Hope dominates the performances, making the concerto sound like a heroic ad astra per aspera work in the tradition of Beethoven's Fifth and Schumann's Fourth and the Octet sound like a chamber opera by Bellini with its virtuosic first violin part. Yet his interpretations make the argument that these qualities are intrinsic to the music, and though some might argue the opposite, Hope's performances are wholly convincing. Led by Marieke Blankenstijn, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe provides a fine foil for Hope, supporting him and sticking with him at all times, but also goading him and even provoking him. As an encore, Hope includes his own transcriptions of three lieder by Mendelssohn accompanied by pianist Sebastian Knauer -- Hexenlied, Suleika, and Auf Flugeln des Gesanges -- and each one is more lovely than the next. Deutsche Grammophon's digital sound is big, bold, and immediate.--James Leonard

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