New Release: Mendelssohn Symphonies, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

This is Italy! And now has begun what I have always thought… to be the supreme joy in life. And I am loving it. Today was so rich that now, in the evening, I must collect myself a little, and so I am writing to you to thank you, dear parents, for having given me all this happiness.

Felix Mendelssohn wrote these word from Venice in October, 1930 around the time he was composing the “Italian” Symphony. The same sunny, jubilant spirit invades the Symphony, which Mendelssohn described as “blue sky A major.” In the opening of the first movement (below), listen to the way the string melody seems to take flight, giving us a visceral sense of upward lift. At the end of the development section, listen to the almost mysterious way we return to this opening music. (I love the way the clarinet emerges, suddenly, out of the strings in this passage). The “Italian” Symphony’s final movement is a zesty Saltarello, an ancient Italian dance in fast triple meter which involves leaping steps.

This excerpt is from a new Deutsche Grammophon release featuring all five of Mendelssohn’s symphonies. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 

Recordings

  • Mendelssohn: Complete Symphonies, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin Deutsche Grammophon
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s complete discography iTunes

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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