Mendelssohn

VA - Mendelssohn: The Essentials (2018)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Feb. 18, 2018
VA - Mendelssohn: The Essentials (2018)

VA - Mendelssohn: The Essentials (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 512 MB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 25 | Time: 141:32 min

German prodigy, composer and champion of the music of J.S. Bach. His overture A Midsummer Night's Dream was written when he was only 17; the youthful optimism and clarity of style and expression found in this piece was a characteristic of all his work. His role in the development of 'programme music' is seen in the overture The Hebrides. The oratorio Elijah was a firm favourite in victorian England, and among his lighter piano works the Songs Without Words have an enduring reputation. He was a founder of the Leipzig Conservatoire. His death followed shortly after that of his beloved and equally talented sister, Fanny.
Hausmusik London - Felix Mendelssohn: Octet; Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Quartet No. 2 (2000) 2CDs

Hausmusik London - Felix Mendelssohn: Octet; Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Quartet No. 2 (2000) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 546 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 284 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 6 1809 2 5 | Time: 02:03:13

Hausmusik’s performance of the Mendelssohn Octet comes with the advantage of a sensibly steady tempo for the famous scherzo, allowing for maximum transparency and lightness; and a dazzling finale in which for once the cello’s first scurrying fugal entry sounds crystal clear. The First String Quintet, and the Op. 13 Quartet – Mendelssohn’s homage to the late quartets of the recently deceased Beethoven – are also miraculous products of the composer’s teenage years. The Quintet is quite beautifully done here, but the Quartet, like the late Quintet, Op. 87, is rather lacking in tension and urgency. Woldemar Bargiel was Schumann’s brother-in-law. For all its obvious weaknesses, his Octet contains some attractive ideas, and Divertimenti’s performance makes a strong case for it. Divertimenti is impressive in the Mendelssohn, too – though its finale is not quite as exhilarating as Hausmusik’s; and in the last resort neither group can quite match the élan of the ASMF Chamber Ensemble.
Kristian Bezuidenhout, Gottfried von der Goltz - Mendelssohn: Double Concerto, Piano Concerto (2011)

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Gottfried von der Goltz - Mendelssohn: Double Concerto, Piano Concerto (2011)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 1:11:36 | 309 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMC902082

For those new to Mendelssohn's music, this might look like a recording of some major works of the composer; be aware that they're virtually unknown music of Mendelssohn's early teens, first published in complete form only in 1999. For those already a fan of Mendelssohn, however, they're very intriguing works that show the developing talents of the young composer in a different light than do the set of twelve-string symphonies that are his most frequently performed works of the period.
Sarah Chang - Mendelssohn & Sibelius - Violin Concertos (2017) {Warner Classics 0724355641823 rec 1996)

Sarah Chang - Mendelssohn & Sibelius - Violin Concertos (2017) {Warner Classics 0724355641823 rec 1996)
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 261 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 138 Mb
Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 69 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1996, 2017 Parlophone / Warner Classics | 0724355641823
Classical / Romantic / Concero / Violin

It is coming up to five years since Sarah Chang, then in her early teens, made her brilliant and moving concerto recording debut in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on EMI (12/93). Her concerto recordings for the label since then have been of brilliant showpiece works like the Lalo Symphonie espagnole (5/96) and the Paganini First Concerto (1/95) rather than of the central repertory. It is good here to have her remarkable artistry revealed again at full stretch in astonishingly mature interpretations of the Mendelssohn and Sibelius concertos.
Christian Poltera, Ronald Brautigam - Felix Mendelssohn: Works for Cello and Piano (2017)

Felix Mendelssohn: Works for Cello & Piano (2017)
Christian Poltéra (cello), Ronald Brautigam (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2187 | 01:00:26

It is well known that Felix Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny was a highly talented musician, but fewer are familiar with the fact that there were two other musical siblings in the Mendelssohn family: Rebecka, a gifted singer, and Paul, a very competent amateur cellist. It is to Paul, a banker by profession, that we owe the existence of much of Felix’s music for the instrument, which in spite of Beethoven’s endeavours hadn’t yet become firmly established as a duo partner of the piano. Fitting comfortably on a single release, Mendelssohn’s works for cello and piano are here presented by Christian Poltera and Ronald Brautigam, who open with the Variations concertantes in D major, composed in 1829. Brautigam has recently released the composer’s Lieder ohne Worte, performing them on a copy of a piano by Pleyel from 1830, and plays the same instrument on the present disc. Meanwhile, Poltera has chosen to equip his 1711 Stradivarius cello with gut strings, and together the two musicians and their instruments create a sound which is both flexible, transparent and vigorous – ideal for Mendelssohn’s scores.
Roberto Prosseda & Alessandra Ammara - Mendelssohn: Complete Works for Piano Four Hands and for Two Pianos (2015) [24/96]

Roberto Prosseda & Alessandra Ammara - Mendelssohn: Complete Works for Piano Four Hands and for Two Pianos (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 76:36 minutes | 1.26 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Is there another single-disc recording of all five of the complete original pieces composed by Mendelssohn for piano duet and two pianos? If so, I doubt if it’s as good as this with Roberto Prosseda, tireless champion of the composer, joined here by his wife Alessandra Ammara.
Mendelssohn - The 5 Symphonies & The 13 String Symphonies - Kurt Masur & Concerto Koln (2016) {6CD Set Warner Classics}

Mendelssohn - The 5 Symphonies & The 13 String Symphonies - Kurt Masur & Concerto Koln (2016) {6CD Set Warner Classics}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 1.80 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 908 Mb
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© 2016 Parlophone / Warner Classics | 0190295974909
Classical / Romantic / Symphony

In 1835 Felix Mendelssohn became music director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in his native city of Leipzig. 135 years later, Kurt Masur became the orchestra’s Kapellmeister, remaining in the post for 26 years, so there is an indisputable seal of authenticity on these interpretations of the complete Mendelssohn Symphonies. Joining them in this collection, and making it unparalleled in its scope, are the complete early String Symphonies; they are performed on period instruments – and without a conductor – by Concerto Koln.
John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra - Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Symphony No 1 (2017) [Blu-Ray]

John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra - Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Symphony No 1 (2017) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 55+97 min | 32,4 Gb
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 192 kHz / 10478 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 55+97 min | 6,4 Gb
Audio: English / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | LSO Live

Continuing his award-winning cycle of works by Felix Mendelssohn, Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads the LSO, his Monteverdi Choir and three talented young actors from the Guildhall in a landmark performance of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', which was performed as part of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. To mark the celebrations, Gardiner produced a special version of the work featuring some cuts to the original movements that, in his words, "remove all of the music relating to the Mechanicals and thus focus on the world of the fairies and the human lovers". Mendelssohn, who adored Shakespeare’s writings, composed his concert overture based on 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' in 1827 aged 17, after having read a German translation of the play. The overture was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece and quickly became a popular favourite throughout Europe. Years later in 1843 he was asked by the King of Prussia to provide a score for an entire production: 14 short works based on themes and moods from the original overture, with a broadly romantic sound although classical in style and structure.

Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by arundhati at Feb. 11, 2018
Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann

David Damschroder, "Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann"
2017 | ISBN-10: 1108418031 | 292 pages | PDF | 11 MB
NDR Radiophilharmonie & Andrew Manze - Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (2018)

NDR Radiophilharmonie & Andrew Manze - Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 261 MB
Label: PentaTone | Tracks: 09 | Time: 63:33 min

Sensuously Mediterranean sounds and Northern solemnity shake hands on this recording of Mendelssohn's Italian and Reformation symphonies (Nos. 4 and 5). This is the second release in a series of recordings in multi-channel surround sound for PENTATONE by the conductor Andrew Manze and the NDR Radiophilharmonie. Expectations are high after the first album of this series, a recording of Mendelssohn's first and third symphonies, was crowned with a 2017 Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.