Mendelssohn Cello

Mendelssohn is often regarded as a composer who lived a charmed life and therefore whose compositions lack a certain integrity or depth of expression. The gloriousness of his music, its likeability and his creativity in celebrating humanity are certainly primary reasons for his music's longevity.

Felix Mendelssohn came from a wealthy family and one that supported Felix's and indeed, his sister Fanny's creative endeavours. These two are perhaps the most famous sibling team in Western classical music.

Should one have to endure hardship in order to discover one's inventive and expressive potential? It is easy to forget that Felix died at the extremely tender age of 38 and having just outlived Mozart and Schubert, he certainly deserves his place in the musical hall of fame. (Indeed, his wedding march from 'A Midsummer's Night's Dream' will forever place him in that hall of fame as many a bride has walked down the aisle to those fateful bars.) As with all premature deaths, the question remains - "What if?"

His cello works are largely inspired by his brother, Paul, who was an amateur cellist. Imagine the family get togethers with such siblings! One can only be jealous of the flies on those walls.

Artists

Zoë Knighton

Zoë is at the fore of a new generation of performer intent on forging an innovative path for the enjoyment of 'classical' music. She is a founding member of Flinders Quartet

Amir Farid

Pianist Amir Farid has been described as "a highly creative musician - a pianist of great intelligence and integrity. He brings strong musical substance to all that he does, imbuing it with his own particular experience and understanding", and who "in a well populated field...distinguishes himself for all the right reasons".


Press quotes

“Appealing on this disc, active local cellist Zoe Knighton presents her customary forthright string line with much bravado, while Amir Farid informs the keyboard part with his trademark sensibility and admirable: a well-balanced partnership indeed.”

— Clive O'Connell , The Age, 23 Oct 2010

“The performances tend towards the slow and thoughtful side, with a good deal of rubato. You may find it too much so for your attention span in places, though the phrasing is
remarkably sensitive—so much so that I am glad to have such an involved reading of a composer who tends to be dismissed as light.”

— D MOORE, American Record Guide

Audio previews

Track Listing

    Sonata for Cello and Piano, No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 45 Felix Mendelssohn

  1. I. Allegro vivace
  2. II. Andante
  3. III. Allegro assai
  4. Variations concertantes, Op. 17 Felix Mendelssohn
  5. Sonata for Cello and Piano, No. 2 in D major, Op. 58 Felix Mendelssohn

  6. Allegro assai vivace
  7. Allegretto scherzando
  8. Adagio
  9. Molto allegro e vivace
  10. Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109 Felix Mendelssohn

Performers

Composer

Felix Mendelssohn

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's work includes symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music.


Where to buy

Mendelssohn Cello can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’, Discurio and Readings.

Product details

Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Contributor
Simon Bailey
Venue
Move Records Studio
Thanks to
Richard Gubbins
Release date
2010
Copyright
© 2010 Move Records
Phonogram
℗ 2010 Move Records
Category
Classical
Catalogue number
MD 3338
Alternate catalogue number
MD3338
Barcode
EAN 9314574333824