Mendelssohn was the most celebrated, influential and respected musician of his time, yet nearly half of his works have never been performed, due largely to anti-Semitic suppression of his scores in the 19th and 20th centuries. Host Bill McGlaughlin is joined by Mendelssohn Project Artistic Director Stephen Somary for a program that casts new light on Mendelssohn. From Fugues for String Quartet written at the age of 12 to fully mature works, Mendelssohn’s forgotten music is given new life by performers such as pianist Orion Weiss and the Shanghai Quartet.|
The Mendelssohn works to be performed were recovered in various places:
O könnt’ ich zu Dir fliegen, So schlaf’ in Ruh, and Erwartung: Bist auf ewig Du gegangen took particularly circuitous route traveling together from Berlin to London, then to Oxford, and finally landing in Budapest where they were found in the basement of a Budapest library and in a private collection.
Song Without Words for Piano in D Major was discovered in Krakow after being redelivered there from a private collection just outside Positano, Italy.
Sonata for Piano in F Minor was discovered in Berlin at the Berlin State Library.
Wie kann ich froh und lustig sein? and Wenn ich auf dem Lager liege were discovered in St. Petersburg, Russia, after having traveled from Berlin to Krakow.
Ich stand gelehnet an den Mast was found uncataloged in the Berlin State Library and is now in the New York Public Library.
Two different manuscript versions of Presto agitato for Piano in B Minor were recovered – one in Berlin, and another in Dijon, France.
The original 1820 manuscript of Trio for Violin, Viola and Piano in C Minor was discovered in Berlin. A later version, from 1826, was discovered in London.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Minor was discovered at the Berlin State Library.
Part of the 12 Fugues for String Quartet were discovered in Berlin after being returned from Krakow and Katowice, Poland. The remainder was discovered in Bern, Switzerland.
The string parts and a transcribed manuscript of the Movement IV from Quartet for Strings in E-Flat Major were discovered in Berlin after being returned from Paris and an unknown location in southern France. The original manuscript was discovered in London.