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listen  1. Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings in D minor - 1. AllegroOrpheus Chamber Orchestra18:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings in D minor - 2. AdagioOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 9:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings in D minor - 3. Allegro moltoOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 8:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.posth. - Second version - 1. Allegro moltoOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 9:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.posth. - Second version - 2. Andante - attacca:Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 9:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Martha Argerich was born in Buenos Aires. From the age of five, she took piano lessons with Vicenzo Scaramuzza. In 1955 she went to Europe with her family, and received tuition from Friedrich Gulda in Vienna; her teachers also included Nikita Magaloff and Stefan Askenase. Following her first prizes in the piano competitions in Bolzano and Geneva in 1957, she embarked on an intensive programme ... Read more in Amazon's Martha Argerich Store

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  • Performer: Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer
  • Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (June 1, 1989)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • ASIN: B000001GAJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Longstanding friends and collaborators Pianist Martha Argerich and Violinist Gidon Kremer share not so much the spotlight as usual here, but instead separate roles in this program featuring the rarely coupled Mendelssohn Piano and Violin Concerto's. As one would expect, both performances are highly spirited and loaded with surprises. The youthful Orpheus Chamber Orchestra delivers expert support and Deutsche Grammophon's sound is crisp, clear, and well-balanced.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Richards on March 11, 2002
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These two youthful works of Mendelssohn's have only recently been rediscovered, and they put forth a fascinating glimpse into his early musical development. More importantly, however, they're just good music. Anyone who doubts the "child prodigy" status Mendelssohn has been given by historians should listen to these two works; how else could a fourteen-year old write music of this depth and virtuosity? The opening movements of both works are intricate and tightly constructed, employing to great effect the fugal technique that Mendelssohn mastered like no other musician, save maybe J.S. Bach. The middle movements are possessed of that airy transparency that characterizes so many Mendelssohn andantes; at the same time, however, they employ deceptively difficult virtuosic passages of the highest order. The finales of both pieces pull out all the stops, with racing tempi, scale passages and runs like very few others I've ever heard, and fatalistic codas firmly entrenched in the minor. Kremer and Argerich are up to the task, with an absolute mastery of the material and a particular emphasis on clarity; this is truly a "hear-every-note" CD recording. In addition, they manage to capture exquisitely the mood of each movement, varying their technique accordingly. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra backs them up with a tight, powerful, expansive performance. This is one of those CDs that ensures you'll never need another recording of the songs it contains, because it is, by far, the best. If you haven't discovered these early Mendelssohn masterpieces, this is definitely the CD to get to do it. If you're already familiar with them, listen to this CD for a new interpretation that will, in all likelihood, cause you to throw away the old recordings and keep this CD as the definitive performances of these two works.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lev Raphael on January 28, 2006
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If you didn't know these were early works, you'd assume they were the dazzling works of a mature virtuoso. I had never heard them or heard of them before until stumbling on them via a search for Argerich recordings and I was completely bowled over from the first bars. I was so impressed and fascinated that I listened to the CD over and over that weekend. While I have a terrific home theater system, the sound recording on this CD is clearly above average: it's sumptuous and clear at the same time. That also goes for the performances which are crisp, dynamic, seductive, and have a dynamism all their own. They have given me even more respect for Mendelsohn's genius and the artistic excellence of the two soloists. I have rarely enjoyed a new CD so much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Manfred Krauß on July 3, 2009
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I fell in love with Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra ca. 20 years ago when they were playing it on the radio. My husband tried immediately to buy it for me but he couldn't get it anywhere. Recently I discovered that there existed this wonderful recording with Martha Argerich and Gidon Kremer, and I started looking for it via internet all over Germany. But I couldn't find it. I really must tell you that this excellent recording is no longer available in my country. At this point I remembered Amazon.com. and I'm so grateful that I finally found at your store this CD which includes also the very nice Violin Concerto in D minor. Thank you so much for sending me this wonderful music! Ursula Krauß.
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The positive endorsements by collectors herein is understandable. Mendelssohn wrote brilliant music, symphonies, chamber pieces, showing early musical maturity. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, (always brilliant) at the time under contract with DG along with two prominent DG artists, Kremer and Argerich do in fact explore the more dramatic and intense elements with Mendelssohn. This is part of some of the negative features of the performance. Mendelssohn is definitely "quicksilver" musical writing in many cases, and he did specify Allegro Molto. DG is definitely cheap here too, as an entire additional piece could have fit comfortably. One of Mendelssohns 700+ pieces could have been added. What disappointed me is Argerichs often thunderous keyboard contribution and Kremer not emerging from the general dry texture of the recording. The Orpheus Orchestra, recorded somewhat dry, like Orpheus' splendid Haydn recordings of inconsistent sonic quality, tonally somewhat thin, is again present here. A more relaxed, but no less energetic "atmosphere" here would be most welcome. Better, clearer recorded acoustics, more space, more instrumental differentiation. A recent NAXOS recording may have the sonic edge here 8.553844 - but still comes up short at only 58 min, with DG giving a scant 59 min. An older Philips recording sonically superior with ASMF/Marriner and Mullova in the non-piano concerto is no longer in the current catalog. So 2 comparatively rare pieces, with nothing fully satisfactory readily available, but at least acceptable on this DG paring.
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