Recorded on 07/27/2011, uploaded on 02/09/2012
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Mendelssohn had a life-long love for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The 17-year-old composer and his prodigiously gifted sister Fanny premiered A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture in October 1827 at a soiree at the Mendelssohn home in Berlin – perhaps the greatest work ever written by a 17 year old! In 1841, the composer was commissioned to write the incidental music for a new production of the play in Berlin. He incorporated the Overture and added extraordinarily brilliant music for additional major scenes and scene changes. The version for piano four-hands is Mendelssohn’s own and today’s program highlights some of the lesser-known but equally brilliant movements of the score. Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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