Mendelssohn, Haydn: Concertos For Violin & Piano / Csaba, Gothóni, Virtuose Di Kuhmo
Mendelssohn's youthful D minor Concerto for violin, piano and strings was composed in 1823 and shows the boy composer's delight in sheer virtuosity and abounding melodic invention. In this piece, Csaba and Gothoni play with flair and sensitivity to realize the music's varied dramatic content, sample the affecting warmth and lyrical poetry in the second movement or the sparkling agility in the concerto's overtly exuberant finale. Kremer and Argerich offer even greater expressive fluency and flamboyance, but Csaba's and Gothoni's version, which effectively places the soloists at the front of the texture, will have wide appeal for its comparably arresting blend of broad lyricism and effervescent technical brilliance.
-- Gramophone [1/1995]
Catalog Number: ODE810
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Péter Csaba
Orchestra/Ensemble: Virtuose di Kuhmo
Performer: Péter Csaba, Ralf Gothóni