1823: Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 10 in B minor

THURSDAY, October 1, 2020 – 2:23 AM

Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 10 in B minor, age 14

Age 14? Really?

It was completed in May of 1823. Already it’s clearly the work of what would normally be a seasoned adult. What he could already do as a teenager is actually quite frightening.

This recording is very recent, and the string sound for me is absolutely perfect. It seems that they got some of the period instrument sound by using very little virbrato, but the sound is also rich.

Even the Covid spacing is interesting and perhaps lends something to a very special sound.

2 thoughts on “1823: Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 10 in B minor

  1. My feeling listening to this was that if it were conducted or played in a mediocre way, it would ‘just sound nice’, rather than being turned into something interest-grabbing.

  2. Makela conducting once again. I think we will hear a lot more about and from him.

    The fact that Mendelssohn wrote this when he was 14 is remarkable.

    The social distancing did not detract from the sound quality.

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