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The piece clocks in at nearly 40 minutes, and every one of them is entrancing. The grand first movement Allegro, a spacious concertante sonata form with double exposition for soli and orchestra and cadenzas for both soloists, takes up more than half the piece and displays precisely that perfect command of form which Mendelssohn seems to have been born with. The Adagio opens with an orchestral introduction setting out the main theme, which is then taken up by the piano, the violin only entering later, after which the orchestra has little to contribute while the two soloists engage in an extended, almost operatic dialogue. The effervescent Allegro molto finale, in sonata form with a pell-mell first and a sweetly lyrical second subject, is an utter delight of post-Mozartian charm and tremendous energy, culminating in a breathtakingly brilliant conclusion.
from notes by Malcolm MacDonald © 2013
|Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos|
Outstanding British violinist Tamsin-Waley Cohen performs Mendelssohn's perennially popular Violin Concerto and the lesser-known Concerto for violin & piano (Huw Watkins at the keybaord); enthusiastic accompaniment comes from the Orchestra of the ...» More