Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, String Octet (2016)

Mendelssohn

Liza Ferschtman, Friends

Kees Bakels

"The Mendelssohn violin concerto. Is there a more widely loved piece for violin? Or a more recorded one for that matter? No would be most likely the answer to both those questions, and just several months ago my answer would also have been a quite firm NO to the question of whether I thought my version needed to be added to that very long list of recorded interpretations. But obviously something changed or else you would not be holding this booklet in your hands!

My relationship with this concerto started when I was 14 years old, at first with only the last movement until when I was 15 I finally got to play it fully. It was such a thrill, the first “adult” concerto I played; I still remember that excitement vividly. Over the course of the years I got to perform it many times and it always was a pleasure. At the same time, though, some things always loomed those many lessons I had, all the interpretations that came before me, and most especially the fact that for all its simplicity it is a very difficult concerto!"

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Liza Ferschtman

Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman is known for her passionate performances, interesting programs and communicative qualities on stage. She is equally at home on the concert stage with concertos, chamber music, recitals and solo works. In 2006 she received the highest accolade awarded to a musician in the Netherlands, the Dutch Music Prize.

Born into a family of Russian musicians, Liza Ferschtman was constantly surrounded by music. One of her earliest major influences was the violinist Philipp Hirschhorn, a close family friend. She received her formal training from Herman Krebbers at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and David Takeno in London.

In recent years Liza Ferschtman has performed with all significant Dutch Orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw and the Rotterdam Philhamonic. She has been soloist of the Orchestre National de Belgique, European Union Youth Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Prague, Malmö Symphony, and Bergen Philharmonic. Conductors she has worked with include Stephan Blunier, Frans Bruggen, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Claus Peter Flor, Neeme Järvi, Yakov Kreizberg, Zdenek Macal, Jun Maerkl, Gianandrea Noseda, Marc Soustrot, Leonard Slatkin, Thomas Sondergard, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Mario Venzago and Jaap van Zweden.

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Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, String Octet (2016)

Mendelssohn

Liza Ferschtman, Friends

    Platomania.nl

"One of the leading Dutch violinists, Liza Ferschtman is especially known for her passionate performances, and here she pairs Mendelssohn's famous masterpieces - the Violin Concerto and Octet for strings - in lively and highly communicative accounts. With conductor Kees Bakels and the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Ferschtman's chamber-like approach to the Violin Concerto helps in making this performance lighter than usual and able to convey some seldom heard details of the score."

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    Het Parool

"Ferschtman places herself with this recording without a doubt alongside or even above more famous colleagues who have already made a recording of the violin concerto. The result is very, very impressive. Maybe this is due to the fact that the 37-year-old played this concert already when she was only 15 years old."

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    Concerti.de

Mendelssohn's violin concerto with Liza Ferschtman is clear and fresh, breathes romantic melancholy, but above all spoils the joy of life and seems to dive through the orchestra especially in the Andante. A never superficial, sound-technically successful recording of this often-played concerto. Liza Ferschtman's Mendelssohn convinces with musical spontaneity and fresh harmony. The octet, played live with renowned soloists of the younger generation, has the same spontaneous freshness. Adolescents' indifference is most satisfying for the understanding of chamber music. An orgy of upheaval, dominated by Ferschtman's slender radiance and the mysterious gentleness of this unique composition of 16-year-old Mendelssohn.

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Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, String Octet (2016)

Mendelssohn

Liza Ferschtman, Friends

Cables: Siltech
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Mastering Room: Avalon Acoustic
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: Concertgebouw de Vereeniging, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Van der Mandelzaal, Delft, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Violin Concerto op 64 - Allegro molto appassionato
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Violin Concerto op 64 - Andante
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Violin Concerto op 64 - Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto Vivace
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String Octet op. 20 - Allegro moderato con fuoco
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String Octet op. 20 - Andante
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String Octet op. 20 - Scherzo. Allegro leggierissimo
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String Octet op. 20 - Presto
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