Mendelssohn Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2010)

Mendelssohn

Martin Helmchen

Philippe Herreweghe

Remarkable: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, who himself was a piano virtuoso, found it difficult to compose for his very own instrument. As he confessed in 1838 in a letter to his friend and fellowcomposer Ferdinand Hiller, writing for the piano “was not the greatest of pleasure” for him. It seemed that, despite the many early solo and chamber-music works he had written for the piano, Mendelssohn still doubted the quality of his works involving this instrument. He had already indicated this when completing the Rondo Brillant for Piano and Orchestra in E flat, Op. 29. In a letter dated February 7, 1834 to the piano virtuoso and composer, Ignaz Moscheles, he criticized his Op. 29 as follows: “Once again, this Rondo has made me very aware of my own lack of novel twists and turns on the piano: this is where I always falter and struggle, and I fear that you will notice this [...] but I cannot imagine how to begin to make even a simple, tranquil piece [...]”.

 

 

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Martin Helmchen

In the 2012/13 Martin Helmchen is soloist both with The Philharmonia, London and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi. He also performs with the Orchestre National de Lyon with Antoni Wit, the Orchestre National de France with Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin with Marek Janowski and makes his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds.  He collaborates again with Andris Nelsons on a tour in Germany with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and joins Viviane Hagner and Marie-Elizabeth Hecker on tour in Spain with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Returning to the USA he makes his debut with the Houston Symphony under the baton of Hans Graf.
In recital two important venues are added to a busy schedule including Berlin’s Philharmonie,  San Francisco’s SF Performances series.    With a passion for chamber music largely ignited in early collaborations with the late cellist Boris Pergamenschikow Martin Helmchen performs throughout Europe during 2012/13 with his wife and cellist Marie-Elizabeth Hecker and joining with Veronica Eberle and Antoine Tomastit they perform in Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. 

The 2011/12 has seen Martin Helmchen as Artist in Residence with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and David Zinman.  He has also performed with NDR Hamburg and Semyon Bychkov, the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin and David Afkham, with The Philharmonia and Diego Matheuz, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra collaborating again with Vladimir Jurowski.  

 

Royal Flemish Philharmonic

A stylistically adaptable symphony orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic has the artistic flexibility to be able to interpret a range of styles in a historically responsible manner. The chief conductor, Jaap van Zweden, is responsible for the large-orchestra repertoire. His wide orchestral experience, which includes a period as Leader of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, has helped to shape the unique character of the Philharmonic. To achieve this, he works closely with the principal conductor Philippe Herreweghe who, because of his background, focuses on romantic and pre-romantic repertoire. This orchestra´s principal guest conductor is Martyn Brabbins.

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Mendelssohn Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2010)

Mendelssohn

Martin Helmchen

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 - Molto allegro con fuoco
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 - Andante
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 - Presto
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - Allegro appassionata
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - Adagio - Molto sostenuto
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - Finale - Presto scherzando
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Rondo brilliant, Op.29
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