Mendelssohn - Violin Sonatas
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Label: Two Pianists
Cat No: TP1039329
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 12th August 2016
WorksViolin Sonata in D minor (fragment)
Violin Sonata in F major (1820)
Violin Sonata in F major (1838)
Violin Sonata in F minor, op.4
ArtistsMadeline Adkins (violin)
Luis Magalhaes (piano)
Of course, when dealing with cases of Wunderkind composers, questions of misplaced value are often raised. Does it really matter to the listener what age Mendelssohn was when he wrote his first violin sonata? Is maturity in years somehow reflected in terms of musical style? Would our appreciation of Mendelssohn’s early works be any different had they been written when the composer was 35?
Mendelssohn’s music has been, in many instances, at the sharp end of the critic’s stick. Even the otherwise sober-talking critic Donald Francis Tovey called Mendelssohn ‘one of the strangest problems in music history’. Rich, well-educated and well-travelled, the adult Mendelssohn did not fit the Romantic artist portrait of tormented, anguished and anti-social. And, listening to the music featured on this recording, one cannot help but think that unbiased critical reflection will prove Mendelssohn’s decision not to publish his early violin works mistaken.
Hailed as ‘deliciously exuberant’ by the Baltimore Sun, violinist Madeline Adkins has established herself as equally at home in the spheres of solo performance, chamber music, and orchestral playing. Madeline has a striking affinity with Mendelssohn and the release of this disc also celebrates her new post as Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. TwoPianists co-founder, Luis Magalhães, proves an able and equal partner in navigating the intricacies of the precociousness Mendelssohn.
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