Mendelssohn & Bruch: Violin Concertosby Midori
The Mendelssohn and Bruch concertos are usually among the first a young virtuoso violinist chooses to record. Midori, who made her New York Philharmonic debut in 1982 at age 11, wisely decided to wait to put her interpretation of these warhorses on disc. Now, with two decades of concert experience behind her, Midori brings a combination of mature wisdom and youthful freshness to works so familiar that they can easily sound hackneyed. She finds dark, passionate undercurrents in the first movement of the Mendelssohn, for example, and her sweet-toned performance of the central Andante is similarly tinged with melancholy. The finale, on the other hand, is feather-light, and Midori nudges the music forward ever so slightly, creating an especially delicious effervescence. In the Bruch, the violinist's tone is appropriately more robust, though she also plays with great delicacy when the music calls for it -- as at the very beginning, where her sweet melody is set starkly against the orchestra's powerful chords. The Berlin Philharmonic's playing deserves special mention, for it is opulent without being overpowering, and the velvety refinement of the orchestra's sound proves a perfect match for Midori's silky elegance. Both performances were recorded live, adding a palpable frisson. Not just for Midori fans, these interpretations go straight to the top of the list.
- Release Date:
- Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
- Violin Concerto No.1, in G minor, Op. 26
Performance CreditsMidori Primary Artist
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