The selling points of this DVD, for me, were the Mendelssohn Third Symphony (I am of Scottish descent) and Yuja Wang. There were, however, unexpected surprises! If you have any doubts about the future of great music just watch and listen to the musicians in this orchestra. They are so young (and beautiful) and technically assured. Being a 'training orchestra' (albeit few could tell by the ear alone) they give a performance of the symphony that I would take over any of the older CD's that I have - by distinguished orchestras under preeminent conductors. Quite inspiring. Big sound for Mendelssohn - but lots of 'trainees.'
Another surprise was the bonus tracks of Stravinsky's "Three Scenes from Petrouchka." Ms. Wang gives a incisive account of this stunning work. It makes me wish Stravinsky wrote more music for the piano than he did. One novel camera angle especially enhanced my appreciation of the fleet fingerwork.
I have some mixed feelings about the performance of the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto played here. Mendelssohn has always been the epitome of classical refinement to me, yet he is played here more like Prokofiev. I would guess, however, that Mendelssohn, one of the greatest of musical prodigies ever, would have been impressed with the astounding clarity that Ms. Wang brings to the most rapid passages, on her big beast of a modern instrument. Again the whole thing sounded a little to big for Mendelssohn, to my taste; but, I think we are often easily deceived by the many variables that come into play when a musical performance goes from an instrument, in a particular hall, played by a particular musician, on a given day, recorded by a particular engineer and ends up getting played on whatever equipment we may be utilizing on that day, at that point in our lives - then throw in our past experience of the piece of music at hand... What I am trying to say is that if I was in the hall on the day of this particular concert I would not be surprised if the performance felt just the right 'size' to me.
In summary, a fine DVD on many levels.