Mendelssohn Songs Without Words Book 3 Op. 38 No. 2 in C minor
Felix Mendelssohn, Songs Without Words, Book 3, Op. 38 No. 2 in C minor. Performed live in studio by renowned concert pianist Vadim Chaimovich, exclusively for Shockwave-Sound.com.
February 3, 1809 – November 4, 1847
German composer, conductor, and pianist Felix Mendelssohn is one of the most remarkable artists in classical music. He was noticed as a clear prodigy in his youth, yet his parents resisted submitting him to the tours and performances other talents of the time endured. Instead, he was taught piano and violin at home, together with his sister. He continued his studies with a variety of masters.
He had a busy childhood, filled with music. He performed before ten, and wrote constantly. At 13 he published his first work, a piano quartet. By 15 he composed his first notable work, an overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is still popular today. Mendelssohn traveled throughout Europe regularly, and his visits produced a variety of symphonies, chamber music, and pieces for solo piano.
He took various appointments as music director (Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Berlin). He directed most of his energy in Leipzig, and founded a conservatory there.
The importance of Mendelssohn’s work lies in its power and vibrancy, personality, and creativity.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Octet in E-flat Major for Strings
Symphony #4 in A Major
Violin Concerto in E Minor
Playing the piano is Vadim Chaimovich's first and foremost passion and his heart belongs to classical music, from Baroque to Modernism. In the meantime, his performances have been viewed over five million times on YouTube and gained him a large international fan base. Newspaper critics are unanimous in their praise of his interpretations deeming them as "sensitive and expressive", "intelligent and powerful". Meanwhile film and TV placements of Vadim's recordings include such shorts as "Waiting for a Stranger" (2011) and "Killing Time" (2015), a TV Series "#LoveMonkeyChocolateFlowers" (2014 –) and a 2014 drama "Female Pervert" by Jiyoung Lee as well as the Annecy International Animated Film Festival award winning cartoon " Sidewalk Scribble" by Peter Lowey.
Vadim Chaimovich was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, and gave his debut performance with an orchestra aged seven. He is a graduate with honors from two conservatoires of music and received prizes at many international piano competitions, including the Schubert Competition in Dortmund (Germany) and the William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland (USA). In 2003, Vadim Chaimovich’s outstanding artistry was distinguished with the Promotion Prize of the Dresden Art and Culture Foundation. He is also the winner of the 2009 10th International Web Concert Hall Competition (USA). As the First Prize winner of the 2009 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York) he gave his debut performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Vadim has given numerous concerts across Europe, in Japan and the USA, among others at the Vienna Musikverein and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall New York as well as at such renowned international music festivals as the Dresden Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. He collaborated with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra etc. His third live CD "Kontraste" appeared in 2013 and received two prestigious Global Music Awards.