I’ve got Mendelssohn on the brain recently. I heard the Scottish Symphony on the radio not long ago, and it was the most sublime thing I’d heard in a long time. So up top, to accompany your weekend knitting adventures, you’ll find this:
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Symphony no. 3 in A minor op. 56 “Scottish”
Otto Klemperer, conductor
I. Andante con moto – Allegro un poco agitato (0:00)
II. Scherzo (Vivace non troppo) (15:16)
III. Adagio (20:29)
IV. Allegro vivacissimo – Allegro maestoso assai (30:04)
Then, as I wandered the internet yelling “Felix! Where are you?” I came across this performance by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, aka That Other Music In Music City. It’s a concert celebrating the restoration of the Nashville Symphony Center after the disastrous 2010 flood that ruined much of the lovely new building. On the menu: a bit of Mendelssohn, “Overture to ‘The Fair Melusina,’” based on a fairy tale about a part-time mermaid.
During the flood of 2010, there were part-time mermaids to be found all over Nashville.