Recommendations for versions of E minor, Opus 64 for daughter.
Published text, or sound recording?
I'm glad someone else asked that!
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Henle or Heifetz
I would say Shlomo Mintz and Barenreiter
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Sorry meant text, though it is helpful to hear both!
For ages, the International edition was the standard, at least as assigned by Galamian disciples. There have been other attempts more recently that acknowledge the manuscript in some fashion. I think David Cerone did that, and the guy out at Michigan (Shipps?) may have tried something.
I like the Leopold Auer edition published by Carl Fischer.
If your daughter has a teacher, the teacher should select the edition.
Thanks, I have a message out to her teacher, was just interested in hearing. He is often pretty open...
Bruce Berg has an edition.
Several options (which may be too much for your student): a definitive look at the real text. That is a bit tricky here, as Mendelssohn did what amounts to two versions, and the final one was doctored up a lot by Ferdinand David. So while we may think we know what Mendelssohn finally approved, there may be hidden clues of what he was originally aiming at.
I haven't looked at the Auer edition very carefully, but (a dangerous game to get into) he was a pupil of Joachim, and so very distantly a grand-pupil of Mendelssohn.
I am personally not a fan of edited editions. I prefer to come up with my own fingering/bowing solutions. It takes something away for me if that part is done for me.
The Auer replaces a repeat of a melody in the first movement with an octaves version towards the end. I really like this edit.
He says International.... ordered in time for her 13th birthday on Tuesday. Would still like suggestions of recordings to have her watch!
There is a video of Grumiaux playing it, but he makes some mistakes. However, it's absolutely beautiful to listen to regardless.
If you both like drinking coffee, the Heifetz will knock your socks off. There is also a very fine version on a Young Persons' Concert with Lennie and a very young James Buswell.
Hadelich is probably the best modern one IMO. His spiccato, vibrato, and tone are all great, and the octave higher last detache run before the thirds (1st mvt, near the end) that he does sounds more interesting and dramatic than the edited version (it got removed because the dedicatee had trouble playing a high detache run).
I know this doesn't count as a video performance, but Ysaye's recording is nice too.
The last time I worked on the Mendelssohn was last year, during the virus forced sabbatical. Instead of buying a new copy, I just used the relatively unedited version in the Dover full score reprint. As already mentioned, what passes for the final, authoritative version is Ferdinand David's revision. The original manuscript is interesting. The violin cue line in the piano accompaniment book is also usually unedited.
I really like Nigel Kennedy’s recording with the English Chamber Orchestra circa 1988. Not sure if Tasmin Little or Yuzuko Horigome recorded this concerto but I would be interested in hearing their interpretations too.