Mendelssohn Opus 64

One of the most famous violin concertos and one that always suffered from the cliches of ‘great’ violin playing, where all too often predictability, routine and egomaniacal postures have trumped over the music.
But of course Mendelssohn’s concerto is a fiery, at times fever pitched and highly original affair, and it was not until recently that my belief in this work was restored when hearing two exceptional artists performing it: Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Thoedore Currentzis with the Perm orchestra.
The violin is here part of the musical dialogue, everything sounds fresh, highly expressive without the unbearable ever same vibrato of the traditional violin schools.
An interpretation without equal at the moment.

And as a bonus: a short exquisite Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach encore.