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Mendelssohn : Concerto pour violon n° 1 - Double concerto. Ivakhiv, Pompa-Baldi, Kuchar.
Format : 1 CD
Total Time : 01:06:13

Recording : 15-19/11/2017
Location : Zilina
Country : Slovaquie
Sound : Stereo

Label : Brilliant
Catalog No. : BRIL95733
EAN : 5028421957333
Price Code : DM009A

Publishing Year : 2019
Release Date : 30/10/2019

Genre : Classical
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Concerto pour violon et cordes en ré mineur, MWV 03
Concerto pour violon, piano et orchestre en ré mineur, MWV 04

Solomiya Ivakhiv, violon
Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
Slovak National Symphony Orchestra
Theodore Kuchar, direction

On n'est pas sérieux quand on a dix-sept ans, axiomait Arthur Rimbaud. En avoir seulement seize n'empêchait pourtant personne d'avoir déjà composé rien de moins que cinq concertos pour violon ou piano, voire ensemble si affinités en double concerto, aurait pu lui rétorquer en toute modestie l'élégant, le charmant et incroyablement doué Félix Mendelssohn, le si bien prénommé. Le présent concerto pour violon a été redécouvert fort tardivement, puisque par Yehudi Menuhin au début de nos années cinquante. Petite merveille naturellement surclassique d'un ado de quatorze ans, qui n'avait eu besoin de personne (sauf peut-être de Zelter, son professeur à Berlin, concernant une certaine tendance ombrageuse préromantique) pour savoir ce qu'avoir bien écouté Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (dans le ré mineur du premier mouvement) et Mozart (dans l'andante) voulait dire, sans oublier Haydn (dans le dernier mouvement). Même talent juvénile pour le double concerto violon-piano, révisé après une première épreuve en concert privé, et dont la confrontation de solistes (inspirée par l'exemple antérieur de Hummel, voire de Weber ?) renforce le côté dramatique. Incroyable mais vrai, encore un vrai bijou réexhumé, lui, il n'y a pas même vingt ans ! Toujours en droite ligne de la tradition que nous disions, avec possiblement davantage encore le souvenir de celle du baroque. Sans oublier quelques traces d'un Mozart opératique dans le premier mouvement, d'un choral de Bach dans le dernier, et entre les deux la préfiguration mélodique de ce qui donnera les Romances sans paroles quelques années plus tard. Pour tout cela, interprétation ici parfaite dans une finesse sans lourdeur ni pose, et qui jamais ne la ramène : heureux Félix ! (Gilles-Daniel Percet)

A new and stylish recording of the ‘other’ Mendelssohn violin concerto, a product of the composer’s prodigious teenage years, coupled with a grand double concerto that also predates the miraculous Octet. The child Mendelssohn developed extraordinarily rapidly after progressing, apparently late in 1819, from imitative student exercises to composing his own music. Over the next two years he tackled increasingly ambitious large-scale works, including a number of string symphonies, a Singspiel, and his first concerto, in A minor for piano, written early in 1822. The Concerto for Violin and Strings in D minor followed later that year, and the Concerto for Violin and Piano, again in D minor, in the spring of 1823; the latter was also initially accompanied by strings only, but Mendelssohn later added parts for wind and timpani, in which version it is heard here. Even between these two concertos one can hear a striking advance in the young composer’s sense of originality and mastery. The Violin Concerto draws on Classical-era models such as Mozart, but it is also influenced by French innovations in violin writing developed in Mendelssohn’s own time, and fully exploits the evolving techniques of new virtuosos. Among them was Eduard Rietz, Mendelssohn’s teacher, the work’s dedicatee, still a teenager himself and yet leader of the Berlin Court Orchestra. There is much dazzling filigree writing here but also some deeply expressive modulations which convey an emotional maturity far beyond what one could expect from a 13-year-old composer. Dating from six months later, the Double Concerto is an even more polished work, full of memorable melody, no less brilliant in its solo writing but astonishingly confident in its handling of material indebted to Bach, to Mozart and Beethoven and somehow none the worse for all that The Ukrainian violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv is now based in the US, where she works as both a soloist and a teacher, including Head of Strings at the University of Connecticut. She is fluently partnered here by Antonio Pompa-Baldi, who has performed and recorded much of the supremely challenging late-Romantic repertoire: a favorite performer at keyboard festivals such as Rarities of Piano Music in Husum, he is also a member of the piano faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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