Featured Album: Chad Hoopes Plays Mendelssohn and Adams

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Chad Hoopes, age 19, has a new album out today with Felix Mendelssohn’s epic Violin Concerto, Op. 64; and John Adams’ Violin Concerto, commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, New York City Ballet and London Symphony Orchestra, and winner of the 1995 Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition. Listen to it this week!
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New Mendelssohn

We can all agree that Felix Mendelssohn did us a huge favor by reviving an interest in Bach. Now it’s his turn, as scholars have uncovered a song after it being lost for 140 years.

Featured Album: Mendelssohn and the Violin

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Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor is a captivating and widely performed work. It’s filled with subtlety and beauty, and a healthy dose of flash. This week’s Featured Album also includes two works from a very young Felix, who was as much of a prodigy as Mozart. Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang plays with the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä (pronounced YOU-VAS-KUH-LAH), conducted by the legendary flutist Patrick Gallois.

Philippe Quint plays Bruch, Beethoven and Mendelssohn

Our Featured Album this week comes from Philippe Quint, playing Bruch and Mendelssohn concertos and two Romances by Beethoven. Listen all this week with Alan Brandt and Daniel Gilliam for selections from this Featured Album.

Mendelssohn in a Bookstore

Watch one of today’s top string quartets, The Ebene Quartet, delve deep at a Brooklyn bookstore to play the dark-hued second movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Op. 80 string quartet. (via NPR Music)