Mendelssohn poured out his mostly impeccable musical thoughts from an
early age, and even his earlyish death still left a respectable legacy of
music. My thoughts on hearing his music are of the utmost enjoyment should
the work be from that singular list powerful enough to dig into our souls:
the Violin Concerto, Italian symphony, 'Fingal's Cave' Overture, 'Midsummer
Night's Dream' Overture, and several others. But there's a lot of 'also
CD of the complete works for cello and piano - two sonatas, Variations
concertantes, and an isolated Song without Words carries several
raging torrents of notes [click for music]
doing what Mendellsohn did so well in his politest mode of dramatic
music. The American players are excellent international award-winning musicians
giving of their considerable best, and with a good polish. Musically I respond
to the Variations more easily than the Sonatas, perhaps because the construction
is tighter and manifold development through conventional patterning is kept
on the rein [click for music]. Which is also the
case with the mellifluous Song, at just under five minutes and thereby richer
in content and flow.
Copyright © Basil Ramsey, September
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