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Mendelssohn Violin Concerto op. 64 Octet for Strings op. 20

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Daniel Hope, Thomas Hengelbrock Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B000SKF7AA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 - 1. Allegro molto appassionatoDaniel Hope11:431.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 - 2. AndanteDaniel Hope 8:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 - 3. Allegro molto vivaceDaniel Hope 5:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op.20 - 1. Allegro moderato, ma con fuocoLucy Gould13:491.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op.20 - 2. AndanteLucy Gould 6:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op.20 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro leggierissimo)Christian Eisenberger 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op.20 - 4. PrestoChristian Eisenberger 5:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mendelssohn: Lieder op.8 - 8. Hexenlied (Anderes Maienlied)Daniel Hope 2:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mendelssohn: Six Songs, Op.34 - 4. SuleikaDaniel Hope 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mendelssohn: Six Songs, Op.34 - 2. Auf den Flgeln des GesangesDaniel Hope 2:240.79  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars An utter triumph! 9 July 2010
By Paul B
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This is magnificent. The sound is superb, the violin playing is spine tingling and the orchestra one of the most characterful I've ever heard in the concerto.

Hope plays Mendelssohn's original version of the concerto, without the alterations made to the solo part at the behest of its original soloist David. The differences aren't huge, but it will make you sit up and listen a couple of times in the first movement in particular.

Hope's playing is wonderful. Light but masculine, precise hairpin turns and full of character. Hengelbrock's orchestra is every bit as good, and match Hope's every twist and turn with perfection. Trumpets and drums are a little more to the fore than usual and only help to add to this most characterful performance of the concerto I have ever heard.

This disc will make you listen to this old favourite with new ears.

The coupling of the sublime Octet is ideal. Hope is very much the star of the show here too, and the performance is as good as any I know.

Just buy it. You won't regret it I promise you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! 20 Dec 2013
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A wonderfully inspired interpretation of the first (1844) version of Mendelssohn's famous Violin Concerto. We really enjoyed hearing this performance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tra sorpresa e delusione 30 Sep 2011
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Questo cd propone la prima registrazione, risalente al 2007, del celebre concerto per violino di Mendelssohn, condotta sulla base della più recente edizione critica. Di seguito si ascoltano il celebre Ottetto e tre lieder trascritti per pianoforte e violino. In primo piano il violinista Daniel Hope con la Chamber Orchestra of Europe guidata da Thomas Hangelbrock. Non mancano significativi elementi di novità rispetto alle esecuzioni tradizionali, soprattutto per l'organico più agile e di impianto cameristico. L'esecuzione di Hope talvolta mi sorprende per gli inediti squarci lirici, talaltra mi indispettisce: il suono del suo violino risulta troppo morbido e legato per i miei gusti.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The original Mendelssohn Concerto is no longer a warhorse 22 Jan 2008
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As the product description says, this is a different Mendelssohn Violin Cto., taken from the composer's origianl intentions in 1844. The solo line tosses a few surprises our way, but to quote the Gramophone, "Many of the changes are subtle - the most obvious are octave transpositions and a shorter first-movement cadenza." The accompaniment remains on the whole unchanged, and even experienced listeners might mark down the changes in the solo part of a quirk of Hope's. Although a bit less graciously written for the instrument, the original version isn't inferior. Hope, who plays wtih urgency here, has unearthed a minor gem that every lover of this music will be delighted by.

The Octet is given a similarly quick, raw treatment, very much outside the salon and into the open air. I heard Hope in chamber music in Santa Fe last summer, and Hope like his mentor Yehudi Menuhin, shnes in a group. He's a remarkable combinaiton of thinker and virtuoso. As a member of the Beaux Art Trio for five years, he's also well versed in how to balance chaamber music. There's a marked lack of vibrato, nodding toward period style, which helps clarify the separate strands of all eight voices. My only reservation is that the playing gets so aggressive and nervy that some of the work's fairy charm is muffled. The CD is filled out with three song arrangement for violin that Hope uses to showcase his dramatic abilty to imitate the human voice.

DG's engineering is bright and detailed to the point of seeming like a x-ray, which is in keeping with the forcefulness of the musicmaking. Even with a few quibbles, Hope's debut on DG is impressive.
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