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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Octet / Zukerman, St Paul

Release Date: 02/21/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 412212   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Zukerman, with his own chamber orchestra, gives a surprisingly Classical reading of this concerto, not just on a consciously intimate scale but simple and fresh in style of phrasing, and particularly clean and refreshing in the superbly articulated finale. The acoustic is relatively dry but very apt for such a performance. Mendelssohn's other masterpiece on this disc, given in Zukerman's own version using varying string forces (keeping solo strings for the slow movement), makes an attractive coupling. The CD package seems to have lost the note from the recording producer which JOC rightly questioned in her review of the LP about the surprising speeds for the slow movement and finale of the concerto—the one fast, the other slow. They Read more are surprising but both are apt."

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [3/1985]
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64: 1. Allegro molto appassionato - 2. Andante
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64: 3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Octet in E flat, Op.20: 1. Allegro moderato, ma con fuoco
Octet in E flat, Op.20: 2. Andante
Octet in E flat, Op.20: 3. Scherzo (Allegro leggierissimo)
Octet in E flat, Op.20: 4. Presto

Customer Reviews

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 Classic! September 22, 2015 By gwen t. (Culver City, CA) See All My Reviews "One thing I like about Pinchas Zukerman, which I know he has been criticized about fairly recently, is his classicism. This is beautiful music, and I enjoyed the recording immensely." Report Abuse
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