Chouchane Siranossian is a rising star of the baroque and classical violin, Jakob Lehmann a virtuoso violinist and orchestral director who frequently conducts Anima Eterna. Together, they embody what the Bruges orchestra and its founder, Jos van Immerseel, have decided to call the ‘Next Generation Anima Eterna’… Today they are presenting Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in its original version.

“We wanted to take a look into Mendelssohn’s workshop. He struggled with his self-diagnosed ‘revision disease’ and always strove to work hard on himself and his creations” says Jakob Lehmann. Chouchane Siranossian keeps on “It was a fascinating experience for me to discover historical research and its implementation on period instruments in collaboration with Anima Eterna Brugge. In my interpretation, I used exclusively the fingerings, bowings and other performance markings of Ferdinand David and Joseph Joachim, both of whom rehearsed the work with the composer.”

This recording is rounded off with the Octet, also in its original version, which is longer and has many alterations in instrumentation, harmony and articulation…

ICMA award Presto Classical Recording of the week award Presto Classical Editor's Choice award

"Gone, for example, is the cut-crystal accuracy of the concerto’s finale, in favour of a rather more ‘skaty’ approach to its filigree. But the music’s sheer élan is barely compromised, making this a vividly enjoyable presentation."
Gramophone
"The sheer youthful energy of both performances is reason enough to give this album a whirl."
Presto Classical
"These winning performances are invigorating and fresh- it’s Mendelssohn in the raw, as it were. While the orchestra is fastidiously driven by Lehmann in the concerto, some listeners might feel that Siranossian’s violin absorbs too much of the limelight in both of the pieces here, but to my ears the prominence of her playing in no way compromises one’s enjoyment of a splendid and revelatory disc."
MusicWeb International