Symphonies from Mendelssohn’s Youth Vol. 3
The L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra under its conductor Michi Gaigg created a
sensational stir with its first two Mendelsohn recordings. klassik-heute
declared: »This music absolutely sparkles with élan and joie de vivre. And
the realization sends sparks of enthusiasm flying.« Most of the first six
symphonies from Felix Mendelssohn’s youth do seem to owe a lot to the music
of Bach’s sons Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel, but the two
symphonies on Vol. 3 of the present complete recording of his early
symphonic oeuvre already breathe the spirit of a Haydn or Mozart. A
dramatic scene for alto and string orchestra modeled on the dramatic
structure of recitative, cavatina, and concluding cabaletta from
Beethoven’s famous »Ah! Perfido« op. 65 and other works rounds off the CD.
These component elements depict the dilemma of a heart oscillating between
fervor and horror, and in the musical interpretation the string part mostly
contrasts with such profound despair and wild passion, thereby opposing the
emotional states rendered in song.