||FELIX MENDELSSOHN - Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 - Heinz Holliger (Conductor) -
Musikkollegium Winterthur - Hybrid SACD - 760623166360 - Released: September 2011 - MDG 9011663|
My appreciation for the symphonic works of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) has increased tenfold since this new recording by MDG
landed in my CD player. Up until now I've always wondered as to where Mendelssohn fit within the stylistic and chronological development of music. Other uninspired
interpretations would relegate him to the Classical period by stressing the pedantic and finicky aspects in his writing, while others made him sound like a precocious
Romantic who lacked the skills to really make it work. This inspired look by conductor Heinz Holliger fits him right in his place within the jigsaw puzzle
of music history. Mendelssohn forms the perfect link between Beethoven and Brahms. He wanted to embrace the new Romantic ideals but could not bear to be unfaithful
to the refined taste and intellect of Classicism. A paradox I'm sure that must have hindered his free development.