Mendelssohn Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Martin Helmchen

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

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 […]”.

 

 

Tracklist

1.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 - Molto allegro con fuoco
07:33
2.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 - Andante
06:19
3.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 - Presto
06:58
4.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - Allegro appassionata
09:36
5.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - Adagio - Molto sostenuto
06:07
6.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - Finale - Presto scherzando
07:05
7.
Rondo brilliant, Op.29
11:20

Total time: 00:54:58

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Release Date August 8, 2015
SKU PTC5186366

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