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    Interview: Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner is known for his exacting high standards and music making of irrepressible energy. Following his acclaimed Mendelssohn recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, he has turned his hand to Schumann for his next major project with the orchestra, with recordings to follow later this year on LSO Live.


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    Topics: London Symphony Orchestra, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann

    Playlist: Gifts

    As the gift giving season is upon us, we look at musical gifts composers have written for friends, family, lovers and royalty in our new playlist.


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    Topics: Richard Strauss, Béla Bartók, Richard Wagner

    Interview: Isabelle Faust

    Isabelle Faust is renowned as a violinist who combines intellect and sensitivity in her performances. We asked her how a new recording led to a complete re-discovery of the Mendelssohn violin concerto, her love for chamber music and Schubert's Octet.



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    Topics: Harmonia Mundi, Joseph Joachim, Franz Schubert

    Review: Mendelssohn's Lieder ohne Worte, Books 5-8

    Felix Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words made famous a mini-genre in which his works had only few predecessors and no plethora of successors. As a small salon piece, it would seem an obviously attractive format, yet the title “Impromptu” remained more popular, and other than Fauré’s early Romances sans paroles, not many others have become half as well-known. Nor is the title a senseless addition: the pieces resemble songs in that they usually unfurl a single musical idea, instead of the contrasting ones that characterise sonata form, and are dominated equally by melody, texture and atmosphere: more poems, perhaps, than novellas. 


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    Topics: Felix Mendelssohn, Lieder ohne Worte, Impromptu

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