Mendelssohn VC "music minus one"?

January 12, 2021, 2:07 PM · Can anyone suggest a good accompaniment track for the Mendelssohn VC? It's going to be a while before I can play this with a real, live pianist...

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January 12, 2021, 2:29 PM · In the years before CDs, I used the Music Minus One vinyl disk.
Playing the cadenza was very frustrating - the orchestra always came back in at the wrong time! :-) But otherwise it was OK.
Edited: January 12, 2021, 7:29 PM · Yes-- I got a CD of the Mendelssohn from Presto Music, UK; The label is Soloist in Concert, HLCD 9101. It has the complete version, and the orchestral accompaniment only. Go to
I am in the USA and could find this CD only at Presto in the UK; Presto is a great resource for recordings and sheet music.
January 12, 2021, 6:56 PM · The Music Minus One CD (or MP3 tracks), which I think are also available through the Cadenza app, the absolutely best way to play a concerto with virtual accompaniment.
January 13, 2021, 10:00 AM · The myPianist app is quite impressive. My son recently recorded the Mendelssohn violin concerto for an audition using the app and the judges all commented on how well the app followed throughout the entire concerto. He was able to change tempi, add rubato, and take the last movement at a quick pace. There are also many great practice features built into the app. This forum discussed the app in detail back in September
While it is true that not all competitions will allow the use of non-human accompanist, this app is not to be overlooked.
January 13, 2021, 12:09 PM · Thanks everybody. Great suggestions! I'll report back what I end up trying.

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