Favourite Mendelssohn E-minor recording?

November 24, 2022, 8:29 AM · Hey all! I'm reading the mendelssohn concerto right now, and wondered what recordings you liked!

For me, Milstein is pretty unbeatable, but I also like Hadelich, Hahn and Heifetz, so more on the leaner and lighter side of things

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November 24, 2022, 9:19 AM · I'm quite biased to Chloe Chua, so I'm going to say hers. I really like her way of playing, plus I'm going to attend one of her concerts soon!

Ray Chen and Hillary Hahn's recordings are also quite nice.

November 24, 2022, 9:44 AM · I am not a great fan of the Mendelsohn, but I have Takako Nishizaki on Naxos which is a good one.
November 24, 2022, 10:54 AM · I grew up listening to the Heifetz recording. It's amazing. But Milstein's Mendelssohn is my favorite. I never get tired of listening to it. For me, Milstein faithfully and authentically captures the spirit of the work. Among the new generation, I love Augustin Hadelich and Chad Hoopes. You can watch them on YouTube
November 24, 2022, 12:03 PM · Zino Francescatti
November 24, 2022, 12:44 PM · Grumiaux - a model of elegance.
November 24, 2022, 12:53 PM · Ysaye is not to be missed for the last movement.
November 24, 2022, 1:36 PM · I really like Szeryng's recording with Dorati, and Kreisler's (I forget with whom) is a really lyrical treat.

For living musicians, ASM's is super polished, Julia Fischer is great and very much in the Szeryng vein. I'm going to keep stanning for this guy, Donghyun Kim, to the possible annoyance of anyone that might pay attention to my posting tendencies - I can just tell from the opening that it's going to be great.

I also heard Simone Porter live not too long ago, playing a rendition on the very lyrical (correct) side, so if she's touring around, I recommend checking it out.

November 24, 2022, 5:57 PM · Greetings,
Milstein, Francescatti. Grumiaux,Hadelich.
I like the Milstein story about him being taken to task for his choice of unorthodox bowing in the opening. (Wonder who dared to do that…) He responded ‘It’s just that I know a lot more about violin playing than Mendelssohn.’
November 25, 2022, 1:49 AM · I shall check out the Francescatti and Grumiaux. I think I very much admire Milstein's straight-to-the-point, no-fuss approach without inundating the piece with too many details and stylisms. Very aristocratic!
November 25, 2022, 1:56 AM · The lyrical interpretations are great too! I have yet to hear the Szeryng, but I'm sure it is delightful.
November 25, 2022, 2:07 AM · Menuhin in Holliwood
November 25, 2022, 9:02 AM · Newer recording, Augustin Dumay with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Masterful playing!
November 25, 2022, 4:52 PM · Yehudi Menuhin with Wilhelm Furtwangler and the Berlin Phil
November 25, 2022, 7:42 PM · I really like Alina Ibragimova's recording, done on gut strings... it has a fantastic lightness and vivaciousness#.
November 25, 2022, 8:51 PM · @ Katherine
Alina's rendition is superb!
Edited: November 29, 2022, 12:57 AM ·
For me, it's an Isaac Stern recording from the '60's. He showed his deep respect for the concerto by how he played the beginning. Quite something.

Recorded more recently, I enjoyed a performance of the Mendelssohn by Ray Chen on YouTube.

November 29, 2022, 7:16 AM · Another vote for Grumiaux.
Or for a more romantic approach, Zukerman.

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