Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto: A Jewel That Changed a Genre | Colorado Music Festival | Summer Classical Music Festival
by Kelly Dean Hansen "Guest blogger Kelly Dean Hansen has chosen one work from each of the six weeks of the 2019 Colorado Music Festival season to spotlight. He will be exploring these works with the aim of explaining what makes them lasting, immortal parts of the classical repertoire." The celebrated violinist Joseph Joachim, speaking in 1906, said: "The Germans have four violin concertos. The greatest, most uncompromising is Beethoven's. The one by Brahms vies with it in seriousness. The richest, the most seductive, was written by Max Bruch. But the most inward, the heart's jewel, is Mendelssohn's." During Week 1 of the Colorado Music Festival's 2019 season, on the first Sunday chamber orchestra concert June 30, music director Peter Oundjian and violinist James Ehnes will perform a work that somehow transcends its ubiquity and popularity and seems fresh every time it is performed. Felix Mendelssohn at his best always exudes this quality. In