Mendelssohn Felix

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Erato)

(Déjà Review) A dramatic rendition of Ruy Blas completes this most appealing new issue [TB]

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New Year’s Concert – Teatro La Fenice 2023 (C Major)

A pleasing concert that will almost certainly cheer you up [MMB]

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Chopin: Piano Sonata 3 (Warner Classics)

Arrau’s Chopin enjoys something of classic status, and here are two perfect examples of why this is so [CC]

Neville Marriner (conductor): The Complete Warner Classics Recordings (Warner Classics)

An 80-CD centenary salute to Marriner, with (or without) his ASMF [JW]

Mischa Elman (violin): The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Biddulph)

An Elman discographic lacuna is put right; fine transfers too [JW]

Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn: Choral Works (Chandos)

A full-blooded account of Mendelssohn’s weird pagan ballad, although his sister’s works will reward the curious listener in equal measure [RH]

Artur Rodziński (conductor): The Complete Columbia Album Collection (Sony Classical)

Sony’s second Rodziński box fills a significant gap from his Cleveland years [JH]

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A Pianist Explores Her Jewish Heritage (Centaur)

Fabulous music, hugely enjoyable [SA]

Popper: Complete Transcriptions for Violoncello and Piano (Paladino Music)

A valuable addition to the Popper discography and a chance to hear a Hubay rarity [RCh]

Mendelssohn: Fantasies, Caprices, Variations (Dynamic)

Shihyun Lee never misses the mark in this wonderful collection of Mendelssohn’s sometimes overlooked piano works [RCh]

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Shura Cherkassky (piano): The Complete 78-rpm Recordings 1923-1950 (APR)

An opportunity to savour Cherkassy’s seductive magic [SG]

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Carolyn Sampson (soprano) but I like to sing… (BIS)

A delight from start to finish – Carolyn Sampson is on effervescent form [JQ]

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Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 5 (Linn)

Sui generis: a disc that will change the way you hear Mendelssohn [ST]

Advent Carols from St. John’s (Nimbus)

(Déjà Review) Evocative and beautifully sung [CT]

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The Forgotten Danish Pianist Arne Skjold Rasmussen (Danacord)

Forgotten but Restored: the art of a fluent, fleet but nervous Danish pianist and Nielsen specialist [JW]

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Mendelssohn: Elias (BSO Recordings)

A boldly dramatic performance which has the feel of a major event about it [MP]

Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Violin Concerti (Philips)

(Déjà Review) Will irritate as many as it will thrill [TH]

Kathleen Parlow (violin): Complete Recordings (Biddulph)

A long overdue salute to an overlooked Auer student and a Canadian violinist of technical polish [JW]

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Mendelssohn: Orchestral Works (Sony Classical)

A pleasant compilation but better recordings of almost every work here may be found elsewhere [RMo]

Shura Cherkassky (piano) Complete Recordings (APR)

Astonishing playing from a giant of the piano world [RCh]

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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (Decca)

More than justifies the hype surrounding this young violinist [DMD]

Nathan Milstein (violin) Mendelssohn, Bruch & Tchaikovsky (Biddulph)

The first Bruch/Mendelssohn coupling is restored, with Tchaikovsky to swell the programme [JW]

Mendelssohn: Piano Sonatas (Harmonia Mundi)

(Déjà Review) Chiu’s playing is interesting and sensitive … the most obvious choice for a single disc of Mendelssohn’s sonatas [PCW]

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An Invitation at the Schumanns’ (Harmonia Mundi)

A delightful easy-listening programme with a couple of more substantial morsels [GF]