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MENDELSSOHN: VI­O­LIN CON­CERTO; HE­BRIDES OVER­TURE; SYM­PHONY NO 5 Is­abelle Faust (vi­o­lin), Freiburger Barock­o­rch­ester/ Pablo Heras-Casado ★★★★★ Har­mo­nia Mundi

You may be sur­prised by the re­cessed, al­most faint pro­file of the solo vi­o­lin at the start of Is­abelle Faust’s new record­ing of Mendelssohn’s E mi­nor Vi­o­lin Con­certo. That bal­ance and her un­usu­ally fine-spun tone are a har­bin­ger of a per­for­mance that, more than most, seeks to draw the mu­sic back to its mid-19th- cen­tury roots. Vi­brato is spar­ing, the slid­ing be­tween notes of ex­pres­sive por­ta­mento is more to the fore than usual. And the fresh think­ing ex­tends fully to the or­ches­tral con­tri­bu­tion of the Freiburger Barock­o­rch­ester un­der Span­ish con­duc­tor Pablo Heras-Casado. You’ll find it, too, in both the He­brides Over­ture and Re­for­ma­tion Sym­phony. But the stand­out per­for­mance is un­doubt­edly the Vi­o­lin Con­certo. MICHAEL DERVAN

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