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    Default Prefer's Schumann's Violin Concerto to Mendelssohn

    I honestly have to admit this. I find Schumann's to be much more original, soulful, passionate and better in terms of vision.
    The only thing I can say of Mendelssohn is that it has a catchy tune in the first movement, and it fits the standard concertante's mold.

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    I find it extremely hard to even find a recording of the Schumann concerto...

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    they're out there. you can also sample it on youtube.

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    There are 2 famous recordings: Kulempkampff and young Menuhin. To me, a boring and very little violinistic concerto.

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    As much as I love Schumann's concerto Mendelssohn's is much better, although the Schumann concerto is very under-rated.
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    I'll have to agree with the OP; the Schumann is my favourite violin concerto, and the Mendelssohn among the least favourite ones. The Schumann shows off the best traits of its composer, and the Mendelssohn the worst. I would describe the Schumann as serious, solemn, noble, heroic and tragic; the Mendelssohn as silly, sentimental and saccharine. But I don't want to offend anyone with this, it's just how these pieces sound to my ear and mind.
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    I can see why the Mendelssohn is in the mainstream and I can see why the Schumann isn't.
    That being said the Schumann is one of my favourite Violin Concerti. Helps that I'm a hopeless Schumann fan. But it is extremely unviolinistic and the 3rd mov is an absolute bitch to make sense of, however nothing compares to the first 2 movs.
    I like this article's point about the composition written on the brink of insanity
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture...-ever-written/
    Last edited by mikey; Sep-23-2014 at 10:01.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScipioAfricanus View Post
    The only thing I can say of Mendelssohn is that it has a catchy tune in the first movement, and it fits the standard concertante's mold.
    I'm not sure what this means -- the Mendelssohn is one of the more innovative concertos in the repertoire.

    - Immediate entry of soloist.
    - First theme stated by soloist, rather than orchestra.
    - Cadenza comes before the recap.
    - No break between movements.

    etc.

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    OP: And I prefer rusty tap water to Jack Daniels.
    When you don't know what you're saying, you take a long time to say it. When you know what you're saying, you get pithy.

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    I have this version
    Attachment 51954
    The Schumann concerto is nice, but the Mendelssohn is the one to beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    OP: And I prefer rusty tap water to Jack Daniels.
    Then, that doesn't say much for Jim Beam or Old Crow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    I have this version
    Attachment 51954
    The Schumann concerto is nice, but the Mendelssohn is the one to beat.
    If you have a chance, compare Kremer/Muti's Schumann.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScipioAfricanus View Post
    I honestly have to admit this. I find Schumann's to be much more original, soulful, passionate and better in terms of vision.
    The only thing I can say of Mendelssohn is that it has a catchy tune in the first movement, and it fits the standard concertante's mold.
    The Mendelssohn is one of the most perfect works ever written. The Schumann would have best been suppressed for another couple of hundred years. It 's finale is unbearably trite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    If you have a chance, compare Kremer/Muti's Schumann.
    A Pre-Parisian Post.
    When you don't know what you're saying, you take a long time to say it. When you know what you're saying, you get pithy.

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    I have listened more to Schumann's than Mendelssohn’s, so I guess I agree with the OP, although I like them both. But what’s this negativity over the third movement, I love polonaise.

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