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Milsteinís tremendous virtuosity, particularly in the fiendishly difficult final movements of Tchaikovskyís and Mendelssohnís concertos, takes both works to new heights
A powerful broad theme, driven by nervous, throbbing chains of semiquavers (16th notes) in the piano and a vigorously bowed cello which sings out its melody with a bitter-sweet tone Ė if every chamber-music work began so invitingly as Mendelssohnís D major Cello Sonata, then the number of fans of works for small ensemble would rapidly increase.
This composition is Mendelssohn's most important stage works and a great favourite..
Since his first Philadelphia Orchestra apperarance in 1937, Rudolf Serkin has been a frequent and favourite quest of the Philadelphia Orchestra and its dynamic conductor , Eugene Ormandy.
Mendelssohnís Symphonies nos. 4 and 5 were composed within a short period of time and the highly individual form of the movements are proof positive of the young geniusís never-ending source of ideas.