Who said that 13 was an unlucky number? On March 13, 1845, violinist Ferdinand David gave the premiere of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. It has since become one of the most beloved concertos for violin. So today, March 13, 2013, we asked you to help decide which of these three violinists — Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Hope or Jascha Heifetz — you wanted to hear perform this enduring masterpiece for our Showdown.
Winning half the vote was Heifetz performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Charles Munch. We played it today at noon.