CD of the week
1. MENDELSSOHN (Symphony No. 10 In B Minor For Strings) - Op. Posth.
2. MENDELSSOHN (Symphony No. 11 In F Major For Strings) - Op. Posth.
3. MENDELSSOHN (Symphony No. 12 In G Minor For Strings) Op. Posth.
1. MENDELSSOHN (Symphony No. 9 In C Minor For Strings) - Op. Posth.
2. MENDELSSOHN (Octet In E Flat Major) - Op. 20
CD of the Week – I Musici: Mendelssohn, String Symphonies 9-12
A comprehensive survey of the young Mendelssohn at his most prodigiously accomplished, in superbly cultivated performances by a classic Italian ensemble, including a recording never before issued on CD by Decca. In the 1960s and 70s, I Musici were synonymous for record collectors with Baroque music. The present release compiles the recordings of Mendelssohn made by the ensemble for Philips between 1961 and 1970. The first of these featured the Ninth String Symphony on Side B, coupled with dances by Schubert which have already been reissued by Eloquence on Dances of Old Vienna (4826152). Almost everything Mendelssohn composed during his teenage years is graced with the spirit of the Baroque, and in these string symphonies he flexes youthful muscle in explorations of harmony, rhythm, structure and scoring. While the melodic freshness and contrapuntal facility of the symphonies are remarkably precocious, the Octet is still more astonishing as the work of a fully formed creative mind, operating at the height of its power and imagination at just sixteen years of age.
I Musici performs with splendid musicianship, beautiful tone, and obvious relish. The Octet is soaring, free and wonderfully flexible in dynamics in this exceptional recording.