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The Mendelssohn Workout

Posted at 12:51 AM on April 7, 2010 by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Musician stories, Programs

British violinist Daniel Hope (who happens to have a pretty terrific website) seems too busy for a workout. Not only is the guy a world-class soloist, he's also a broadcaster, author, musical activist, and producer - among other things. But if he is looking for a good sweat, he can bypass the gym. There's always Mendelssohn.

Tonight's (Thursday, 12:05am) Euro-Classic features Mendelssohn's beloved E minor Violin Concerto - a vigorous, athletic work. The composer was still in his 20s when he started it, and yet it's music brimming with wisdom.

Stay up late with Classical MPR to hear a recording from last September, with Daniel Hope and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra at Olav's Hall in Trondheim, Norway.

And there's another Euro-Classic Saturday night at 8:05, as Piers Lane plays the Paderewski Piano Concerto with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.