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Double Concertos for Violin, Piano & Orchestra by Mendelssohn and Andrew Paul MacDonald (b.1958) / Duo concertante

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano and Violin in D minor
>MacDonald, Andrew P. : Concerto for Violin, piano & orchestra, Op. 51
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Notes & Reviews:

Felix Mendelssohn: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra with Winds in D Minor.

Felix Mendelssohn was fourteen years old when he composed this Concerto. Following the premiere in 1823 at the Mendelssohn home, he re-scored the concerto adding winds and timpani.

In style and texture, the work closely resembles Mozart and follows the traditional fast-slow-fast concerto structure. However, even at his young age, Mendelssohn is already writing with a more dramatic and romantic sensibility; and one hears the beautiful lyricism for which he became famous.

Andrew Paul MacDonald: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra, Op. 51.

The compositions of Andrew Paul MacDonald have won many prestigious prizes, including the Juno Award for "Best Classical Composition" for his Violin Concerto.

The Double Concerto, Op. 51, for violin, piano and orchestra, was commissioned by Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves. The composer designed the work to display the virtuosic talents of this wonderful duo within a symphonic context of shifting textures, where the main musical ideas gradually evolve, taking on new characteristics. Set in one large movement with three main sections separated by cadenzas, the work takes on a fantasy-like character, though the traditional concerto form is just beneath the surface.

Known for the passion and brilliance of their performances, Duo Concertante have developed the extraordinarily unified voice that has become one of the most striking features of their work. Critics have praised violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Timothy Steeves' "artistry, poetry, and impeccable technique" (La Scena Musicale) and "deeply integrated performances that flow naturally as if the music were being created on the spot" (Gramophone).

America Record Guide, November/December 2015

America Record Guide, November/December 2015
A well-made and enjoyable work indebted to Mozart by the precocious 14-year-old composer, and certainly well worth hearing, most people who want it will already have it... rhythmically clever tune that brings the whole piece to a splendid climax.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: D. F. Cook Recital Hall, St. John's (09/26/2014-09/27/2014).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano and Violin in D minor
  • Conductor: Marc David
  • Ensemble: Duo Concertante
  • Notes: D. F. Cook Recital Hall, St. John's (09/26/2014-09/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/06/1823

>MacDonald, Andrew P. : Concerto for Violin, piano & orchestra, Op. 51
  • Conductor: Marc David
  • Ensemble: Duo Concertante
  • Notes: D. F. Cook Recital Hall, St. John's (09/26/2014-09/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000