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Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol. 4: Violin Concerto in E minor; Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream / Jennifer Pike, violin; City of Birmingham SO, Gardner

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For this new recording of orchestral works by Mendelssohn, the CBSO and its principal guest conductor, Edward Gardner, join the violinist Jennifer Pike, who made a remarkable debut at Carnegie Hall this year. She here performs the Violin Concerto in E minor, the piece that launched her career thirteen years ago when she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award. This recording contains another of Mendelssohn's later works: the Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night's Dream (1843), in which he managed to recapture and amplify the unique magic of his early years.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2016
The unflustered cantabile of the work's opening - relaxed, yet in medias res - gives notice that Pike will not court the nervous, even aggressive intensity of [Augustin Hadelich]... the level of fine detail throughout is a credit to the CBSO and Gardner, to the recording team and of course to Mendelssohn, for making every note a telling one.

The Guardian, 24th January 2016
Pike allies the luminous beauty of her tone to her innate musicality and mercurial technique to produce an exceptionally lyrical interpretation of the evergreen Violin Concerto in E minor.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2016
Pike does nothing here to inflame those of an orthodox persuasion and, with her sweet, singing tone and graceful phrasing, walks in the footsteps of many illustrious predecessors... the orchestra, impeccable in the concerto, continue to play beautifully in the music for A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Town Hall, Birmingham (07/13/2015/07/14/2015).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
  • Performer: Jennifer Pike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Town Hall, Birmingham (07/13/2015/07/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 09/16/1844

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Performers: Keri Fuge; Rhian Lois
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Town Hall, Birmingham (07/13/2015/07/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843