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"A delightful disc with a top violinist who excels in nuances."Dagblad v/h Noorden / Leeuwarder Courant, 16-2-2018
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.
Mendelssohn is often compared to Mozart. Both of them were child prodigies, both had a talented sister and they both died at a young age. Mendelssohn, who as a child also painted wrote poetry, was born in small family which converted to christianity from judaism. As a composer he preferred looking back, rather than forward: his main examples were Bach, Handel and Mozart. It was Mendelssohn who retrieved Bach from oblivion and pushed for a revival of his music, which still lasts today. One century after its premier, Mendelsson performed the St Matthew Passion for the second time ever, in 1829.
Three years, earlier, on his 17th, he had already composed his masterfully overture A midsummer night's dream op. 21, based on Shakespeare's play. Today, it is still considered as one of the absolute masterpieces in all of the orchestra reperoire. His Violin Concerto op. 64 belongs to the most beautiful works of the 19th century as well. During his travels through Europe, he wrote his brilliant Italian Symphony, Scottish Symphony and the overture The Hebrides.
Although Mendelssohn had a prosperous career, his weak physique made him emotionally vulnerable. The death of his favourite sister Fanny became fatal: Mendelssohn died in the same year, at the age of 38.
A delightful disc with a top violinist who excels in nuances.
Dagblad v/h Noorden / Leeuwarder Courant, 16-2-2018
The best music of 2017 according to our reviewers - Erik Voermans
5. Mendelssohn-Vioolconcert, Octet, Het Gelders Orkest en Liza Ferschtman, Challenge Records
Violinist Liza Ferschtman had to crowdfunden to make the CD, but the result is exquisite. Her interpretation of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with Het Gelders Orkest conducted by Kees Bakels is one of the most beautiful ones. Pure chamber music; the triumph of listening music without grease and false sentiment.
Het Parool, 30-12-2017
Amadeus July - 5 stars
The balance between violin and orchestra is excellent.
The Strad, 20-6-2017
**** Sound quality throughout the disc is bright, clear and reasonably warm.
BBC Music Magazine, 17-6-2017
Ferschtman does not perform the work from 1838-1844 as the heavyweight dialogue, but chooses a light-hearted approach.
Kerk en leven, 14-6-2017
Her pure, silvery tone is not large but then neither is the accompanying band...
It is heart-warming to find Ferschtman's own revivifying thoughts borne out by the special qualities of her musicmaking
A freshness of approach to Mendelsssohn's concerto combines with a fizzing account of the octet.
Planet Hugill, 02-5-2017
Ferschtman and her team do not play it with a smile, because it happens to be a piece from a famous composer, but do play spicy and full of power.
Kerk en Leven, 14-4-2017
In the first few bars, forcing intimately, you will get tears in your eyes, Ferschtman puts it so focused and free; the instrument is singing along with what it hears.
De Groene Amsterdammer, 06-4-2017
If you love these pieces then this should raise a healthy smile, and if you have been keenly awaiting another Ferschtman disc then the concerto in particular is a real treat.
Music Web International, 03-4-2017
They play this incredible work by brilliant teenager Felix Mendelssohn with intense energy and enthusiasm that hits the listener immediately.
Klassieke zaken, 28-3-2017
AVRO Bode, 10-3-2017
" (...) She is beloved by her audience and managed to finance her newest album with crowdfunding (...) "
I was completely overwhelmed with a sense of renewed love!
Ferschtman puts Mendelssohn in a new jacket.
AVRO bode, 24-2-2017
It has become a recording where fresh dew will stick like fine drops.
De Volkskrant, 24-2-2017
These Dutch musicians treat the piece as a chamber work, the cut-down forces of the Het Gelders Orkest giving light and airy support to Liza Ferschtman’s carefully judged, singing solo line.
The Guardian, 12-2-2017
Radio 4 CD van de Week
Radio 4 CD van de Week, 09-2-2017
CD of the Week: Mendelssohn Liza Ferschtman / Gelders Orkest
Radio 4, 06-2-2017
Ferschtman places herself with this recording without a doubt alongside or even above more famous colleagues who have already made a recording of the violin concerto. The result is very, very impressive. Maybe this is due to the fact that the 37-year-old played this concert already when she was only 15 years old.
Het Parool, 10-1-2017
This is not a ‘salon’ performance, it is music making of the highest order. It’s unreservedly irresistible!
HR Audio, 09-1-2017
She international praised, but money for a new CD she has to arrange herself.
De Volkskrant, 12-11-2016