Friday, April 17, 2020

Mendelssohn in London

This montage from our Podcast Vault revisits a post from March 9, 2018. It can be found in our archives at


This week, we don’t have to reach out too far into the Podcast Vault, picking up a two year-old montage from March 2018 featuring a pair of Mendelssohn favorites, performed by London-based ensembles.

Yesterday’s featured Listener Guide (erroneously posted this past Monday, but who notices those things…) started a mini-arc dedicated to concertos by Mendelssohn which we contribute to today with the E Minor violin concerto. That concerto, along with the two piano concerti featured yesterday, constitute the three “mature” concertos associated with Mendelssohn.

According to Robert Poliquin’s compilation of Mendelssohn’s works there are five “early” concertos by Mendelssohn dating from 1822 to 1824 (between ages 13 and 15!). Among these we count yesterday’s violin concerto in D, a concerto for violin and piano (which we featured in a Mendelssohn/Mozart montage in 2012), another piano concerto and two concerti for two pianos – one in A Flat and the other one in E.

As our bonus track today, keeping with the “Mendelssohn in London” theme, here is the double concerto in E featuring the sister duo of Katia and Marielle Labèque, with the Philharmonia orchestra under Semyon Bychkov.

I think you will (still) love this music too.

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