Freiburg Baroque Orchestra: Music of Mendelssohn

May 17, 2019, 9:00 am

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Mendelssohn’s first symphonic work scored for full orchestra, the Symphony in C minor, Op. 11, paved the way for even greater examples of the genre he was soon to produce. The concert overture The Fair Melusina and the sparkling Piano Concerto No. 2 rely on the type of orchestration and harmonic language that are best served when played on period instruments, as heard here. Devoid of the atmosphere of Romantic doom and gloom, nearly every page of both scores is marked by an exuberant cheerfulness, youthful drive, and irrepressible energy in these splendid performances from fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Freiburger Baroque Orchestra led by Pablo Heras-Casado.