New England Conservatory

First Mondays at Jordan Hall: Mendelssohn

November 4, 2019, 7:30 PM
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Official Description

Felix Mendelssohn, one of history’s truly great musical prodigies, had already established his importance by the age of 16 with the Octet for Strings. His chamber works flowed forth through the rest of his short life. Equally important to the world was his role in the revival of the music of J.S. Bach. His Berlin performance in 1829 of the St. Matthew Passion rekindled the reputation of an almost forgotten giant. This program interweaves his chamber music with works by Bach that he performed. Incidentally, in 1844 Mendelssohn introduced the 12- year old Joseph Joachim to the London public in a historic performance of Beethoven’s violin concerto with Mendelssohn conducting.


Felix Mendelssohn: Song without words in D Major, op. 109 (dedicated to Lisa Cristiani)
Sujin Lee*, cello; Jung-A Bang*, piano

Bach: Concerto in D Minor for three harpsichords, BWV 1063
Ian Watson, Peter Sykes*, Nickolai Sheikov* - harpsichord;
Gabriela Díaz*, Leonard Fu* - violins;
Sarah Darling*, viola;
Guy Fishman, cello*;
Charles Clements*, double bass

Bach: “Erbarme dich” from St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Erica Brookhyser*, mezzo soprano;
Ayano Ninomiya*, obligato violin, Gabby Díaz, Leonard Fu - violins;
Sarah Darling, viola;
Guy Fishman, cello*;
Charles Clements, double bass;
Nickolai Sheikov, portative organ

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 2 in B–flat Major, op. 87
Ayano Ninomiya, Lucy Chapman - violins;
Marcus Thompson, Sarah Darling - violas;
Lluís Claret, cello

*denotes NEC alumni


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