One of the year’s amazements was a recording of the Mendelssohn concerto by a Canadian violinist. I never thought I’d use those four nouns in close conjunction. The Mendelssohn is the sweetest of concertos – a speciality of Heifetz, Milstein, and the rest of the Odessa odyssey – and Canadians are not famed either for their sentimentality or for their fiddlers.
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor op.64 – III Allegretto non troppo –
Allegro molto vivace
He is accompanied by Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra; the companion piece on the Onyx disc is Mendelssohn’s marvellous Octet.