Remember the Correct Name of a Concerto Before Going Shopping!

The other day at a neighborhood attic treasures sale, I was very excited to be buying more Mendelssohn–a CD of a piano concerto and the “Violin Concerto in D Minor.” Only when I got home and listened to it, I realized it wasn’t the one I’d heard so often on the radio and replayed again and again in my memory. It was the “Violin Concerto in E Minor” instead. I heard it today in one of my podcasts, as performed by Itzhak Perlman.  I don’t know why I like it so much. Some people would call it sad, but there’s something very haunting about the phrasing.

So I will have to wait awhile to get another recording. All selections are beautiful, however. Have enjoyed thumbing through the massive tome The Amadeus Book of the Violin, which details the instrument’s history, the musicians who have played it throughout history, and how violins are made.

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