Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E Minor

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Mendelssohn  Violin Concerto in E Minor


English Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kenneth Woods
Soloist: Pavel Šporcl (Violin)

Filmed live at Cadogan Hall, London, on 9 June 2019
Video & Audio recording: Tim Burton / Camera Assistant: Joe Blomfield


“Pavel Šporcl is a Czech violinist of prodigious technical ability and extraordinary musicality and both attributes were put into play in what may just be the finest live account of Mendelssohn’s E minor Concerto I have heard… a very fluent account of the opening movement, taken quite quickly, as was the central span. The speeds, however, seemed perfectly right, with Šporcl in complete command of the work as a whole, the accompaniment throughout beautifully shaped by Woods. There were some lovely instrumental solos from the band, too, particularly from the horns. The finale fair danced along—and at quite a lick, too—in an immaculate performance that was deservedly rewarded by sustained applause.”

Guy Rickards, Musical Opinion