Marin Alsop’s Guide To Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
by Marin Alsop
May 24, 2014
Growing up as a violinist, Felix Mendelssohn‘s Violin Concerto ranked among my top 10 Holy Grail pieces. As I got older, I moved on to his Octet and Piano Trio in D minor, which became two of my favorite chamber works. There’s almost nothing comparable to playing Mendelssohn’s Octet with seven great string players. It’s absolutely thrilling, energetic, virtuosic, youthful, fun and challenging. And to think that Mendelssohn wrote it when he was just 16.
Only a year later, at the ripe age of 17, he wrote his Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, completely capt uring the magic and frivolity in the ethereal world Shakespeare created.