Mendelssohn in Birmingham | Chandos CHSA5161

Mendelssohn in Birmingham

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5161

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 4th January 2016

Contents

Artists

Jennifer Pike (violin)
Rhian Lois (soprano)
Keri Fuge (soprano)
CBSO Youth Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Edward Gardner

Works

Mendelssohn, Felix

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Incidental Music, op.61
Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64

Artists

Jennifer Pike (violin)
Rhian Lois (soprano)
Keri Fuge (soprano)
CBSO Youth Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Edward Gardner

About

For this new recording of orchestral works by Felix Mendelssohn, the CBSO and its principal guest conductor, Edward Gardner, join the violinist Jennifer Pike, who made a remarkable debut at Carnegie Hall in 2015. She here performs the Violin Concerto in E minor, the piece that launched her career thirteen years ago when she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award.

The music of Mendelssohn is probably more highly valued and widely loved today than it has been at any period since his lifetime. Yet one still sometimes hears the allegation that he failed to quite fulfil the promise of those miraculous youthful masterpieces, the Octet, completed at 16, and the Concert Overture 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', of a year later.

This recording contains two of his later works, which most roundly confute that accusation: the Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1843), in which he managed to recapture and amplify the unique magic of his early years, and the Violin Concerto in E minor (1844), which has retained its standing among the three or four greatest of its genre ever since.

Reviews

Violinist Jennifer Pike allies the luminous beauty of her tone to her innate musicality and mercurial technique to produce an exceptionally lyrical interpretation of the evergreen Violin Concerto in E minor [...] Stephen Pritchard
The Observer 24 January 2016

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