Wednesday, February 9, 2011
After today, I will never get the image out of my head that Mendelssohn probably listened to Italian folk musicians playing this piece the day before he wrote the opening movement to the Italian Symphony.
I'm not the biggest Mendelssohn fan, but that opening is unforgettable. So is the way which Kurt Masur gets the strings of Mendelssohn's old orchestra to honor every single one of that opening's phrasing and dynamic indications. Good job kids.