In this new album of music by the young Mendelssohn, Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante explore the influence of Classicism on the Italian repertoire, while researching some of the composer's lesser known works. Mendelssohn is rarely spoken of as a child prodigy, and yet he showed extraordinary talent from a very young age. This program of works composed when he was between eleven and eighteen, selected by Fabio Biondi and his ensemble Europa Galante is proof. "Here you can perceive," writes the Italian violinist and conductor, "this knowledge of the past uniquely combined with an already profoundly Romantic sensitivity: Mendelssohn shows both the teachings of Bach and the Baroque school, and the flamboyant spirit of the young Romantics.". Taking inspiration from his predecessors in the German tradition, Mendelssohn polished his counterpoint, and practiced the fugue - as Mozart had done before him on discovering Bach - and the concerto. We discover a young composer well versed in Baroque and Classical forms, which he embellished with his own sparkling charm. This album is also an opportunity to discover some of Mendelssohn's lesser-known works, including the noteworthy Salve Regina sung by the soprano Monica Piccinini, several solitary fugues, a Largo and Allegro for piano and strings and a Concerto for violin and string orchestra in D minor. "This is a profound work," says Biondi, who also plays the violin solo here, "with a rich orchestral part, which does not merely accompany the soloist, but is also fully engaged in all it's sections, and a particularly interesting violin part. It conveys a constant good humor, in a huge kaleidoscope of formulations, while always retaining it's formal construction."