«Mendelssohn: The Complete Symphonies, String Symphonies and Concertos»
String Symphonies Nos. 1-13 (complete),
Symphonies Nos. 1-5.
Ronald Brautigam (Piano), Roland Pöntinen (Piano), Love Derwinger (Piano), Isabelle van Keulen (Violin).
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra – Andrew Litton,
Amsterdam Sinfonietta – Lev Markiz.
BIS presents a boxed set of Felix Mendelssohn’s complete symphonies, string symphonies and concertos.
The symphonies were recorded in 2007 and 2008 by Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and were warmly received by the reviewers when they were first released.
The 12 string symphonies give us the background to the symphonies for full orchestra, written by a boy not yet fifteen. The recordings are from the Amsterdam Sinfonietta conducted by Lev Markiz.
A further four discs offer all of the eight concertos that Mendelssohn composed. These include the youthful works with string orchestra accompaniment (concertos for violin, piano, violin and piano, and for two pianos), as well as the mature works for violin, piano and full orchestra, performed here by Isabelle van Keulen and Ronald Brautigam.