Violin Concerto in E minor
Music so flowing, soaring and perfectly designed that it feels like a gift from heaven. But it actually took seven years from the first idea to its première in 1845. Mendelssohn’s restlessness is evident from the very start: instead of the usual orchestral introduction, the soloist slides in after a few measures, senses the situation and then takes command with a naturally flowing solo part that vibrates in the instrument’s breathtaking passages, above the orchestral bed. A pure pleasure from first note to the last.