Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is wonderfully uplifting, which is why it remains so popular. Composed near the end of a career that barely spanned three decades, Mendelssohn poured his soul into the work.
Written for a friend and star violinist, Mendelssohn’s high-energy concerto demands an astonishing versatility and expressive range from its soloist – in this case, the brilliant Australian violinist Ray Chen. As Gramophone asked: “What more could you want?”
Written between his sublime Eroica and stormy fifth symphony, Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony is the composer at his most direct, possessing a harmonic daring and perhaps the most beautiful slow movement of any of his symphonies – a rare and unmissable treat.
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.4