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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D Minor & String Symphonies Nos. 1-6

Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Henry Raudales

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Violin Concerto in D Minor, MWV O3  
1
I. Allegro
Felix Mendelssohn; Henry Raudales; Münchner Rundfunkorchester
8:25
2
II. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Henry Raudales; Münchner Rundfunkorchester
5:51
3
III. Allegro
Felix Mendelssohn; Henry Raudales; Münchner Rundfunkorchester
5:11
String Symphony No. 1 in C Major, MWV N1  
4
I. Allegro
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
3:28
5
II. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
2:41
6
III. Allegro
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
2:44
String Symphony No. 2 in D Major, MWV N2  
7
I. Allegro
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
3:50
8
II. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
4:14
9
III. Allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
1:53
String Symphony No. 3 in E Minor, MWV N3  
10
I. Allegro di molto
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
3:28
11
II. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
1:49
12
III. Allegro
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
2:17
String Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, MWV N4  
13
I. Grave - Allegro
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
3:05
14
II. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
1:56
15
III. Allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
2:30
String Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, MWV N5  
16
I. Allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
3:56
17
II. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
1:29
18
III. Presto
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
3:26
String Symphony No. 6 in E-Flat Major, MWV N6  
19
I. Allegro
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
3:02
20
II. Menuetto - Trios I & II
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
4:46
21
III. Prestissimo
Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Henry Raudales
4:12
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    74:13
It was thanks to his father's penchant for organizing musical concerts in his family's Berlin apartment on Sunday mornings that the 11-year-old Felix Mendelssohn began to compose quite a long series of string symphonies. The study of music and composition spurred the young composer on greatly; his diligence as well as his youthful creativity developed early, and he made astonishing progress. In 1821, he wrote the first half of his string symphonies, which together took less than two years to complete. During performances that formed part of the concerts at home, he always took over the direction of the chamber orchestra, which consisted of amateur and professional musicians from the Berlin court orchestra. Ever since their long-lost manuscripts were successfully rediscovered in 1950, Mendelssohn’s early string symphonies have been a fixed part of the string and chamber orchestra repertoire. In the youthful freshness and carefreeness of these early works, one can already hear echoes of the instrumental masterpieces by this important symphonic composer of early Romanticism that were soon to follow.

This release contains the first six of Mendelssohn's string symphonies in the form of studio recordings made by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester under its leader and award winning violinist, Henry Raudales.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BR-Klassik Studio Masters

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