Edited by U. Scheideler. Piano Reduction by J. Umbreit. Fingering, bowing and commentary by I. Ozim. On July 30, 1838 the composer announced to his friend, the violinist Ferdinand David, that he would "probably also like to turn out a violin concerto for you to play next winter; I've got one in e minor stuck in my brain, and the opening won't leave me any peace." Yet although the initial sketches date from 1841 at the latest, it was not until the summer of 1844 that Mendelssohn actually carried out his plan.
Title: Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 for Violin and Piano, By Mendelssohn, Felix, Published by G. Henle Urtext Editions, Item number: HN720
Mendelssohn's viola sonata is one of his many early works which remained
unpublished in his lifetime. The autograph is dated "d. 14 Febr. 1824".
Thus Mendelssohn was 15 years old when he completed the sonata. It
assuredly numbers amongst his most mature early chamber music works. The
key already indicates the seriousness with which the composer set to
work. The first movement is preceded by a short adagio introduction. The
middle movement, a menuetto, retains the key of c minor and not even
the trio with its chorale-like melody lightens the minor mood. The
closing movement is an andante with eight variations. It is a welcome
addition to the scant classical-romantic viola repertoire.
Written in 1823, this "double" concerto from the young composer presents
a brilliant and unusual concerto pairing. The central adagio movement
is a trademark of Mendelssohn "Song Without Words." Features many solo
passages for each soloist, to beautiful effect. Includes a newly engraved
solo violin part and two CDs with complete reference recordings, including piano
accompaniment minus the soloist at both standard and practice tempos. No piano accompaniment part is included.
Condition: This item is slightly bent in the corners, but is otherwise in new condition.