Sunday, November 6, 2011

Itzhak Perlman: Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Itzhak Perlman plays the third movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, in E minor, Op. 64; David Zinman conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.


The concerto was first performed in Leipzig, Germany, on March 13, 1845, with Ferdinand David as soloist. Mendelssohn was ill and was unable to conduct, thus the baton fell to the Danish composer Niels Gade. Mendelssohn first conducted the concerto on October 23, 1845, again with Ferdinand David as soloist. David was not only a member of the Leipzig Conservatory faculty, which Mendelssohn founded in November 1842 and was its first director, but also a friend and the recipient of the concerto's dedication page.

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy [1809-1847]: An oil painting done shortly before his death at age thirty-eight. Mendelssohn once said: "People often complain that music is too ambiguous, that what they should think when they hear it is so unclear, whereas everyone understands words. With me, it is exactly the opposite, and not only with regard to an entire speech but also with individual words."
Painter: Eduard Magnus [1799-1872]. Done in 1846.
Source: Wikipedia