Mendelssohn: Piano Works

Mendelssohn: Piano Works
Composer Felix Mendelssohn
Artist Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy piano
Frank van der Laar piano
Pieter-Jelle de Boer piano
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 94084
EAN code 5028421940847
Release September 2010

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Felix Mendelssohn was a virtuoso pianist, and it worth remembering that he was born in 1809, with his friend Schumann being born a year later in 1810, as was Chopin, and Liszt following in 1811. These composers were among the greatest pianists of the 19th century, and they were born at a time when the piano was a relatively modern instrument, and composers such as Hummel, Moscheles (Mendelssohn’s friend), Kalkbrenner and Ries were accorded adulation similar to pop stars today. Beethoven commenced his career in the 1790s as a virtuoso pianist.

No surprise then that the young Mendelssohn composed extensively for his chosen instrument from the outset. From early concertos and sonatas he quickly established his ‘mature’ style in works such as the Rondo capriccioso, and the Andante cantabile e Presto agitato. The masterpieces that followed include the remarkably imposing Variations serieuses and the famous Songs without Words.

Mendelssohn’s style did not change throughout his short creative life – he very quickly composed in what we know as his mature style from his early teens, something even Mozart didn’t achieve.

This 4CD contains the Songs without Words, Variations serieuse, Kinderstucke, Rondo capriccioso, Capriccio, and Trois Fantasies ou Caprices plus several shorter works.

Other information:
- Booklet notes included.
- Mendelssohn’s piano music is still strangely undervalued, and this set contains a good selection of his greatest works for piano written throughout his career.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Andante con moto in E Major, Op. 19: No. 1
  2. Andante espressivo in A Minor, Op. 19: No. 2
  3. Molto allegro in A Major, Op. 19: No. 3, Jägerlied
  4. Moderato in A Major, Op. 19: No. 4
  5. Agitato in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 19: No. 5
  6. Andante sostenuto in G Minor, Op. 19: No. 6, Venetian Gondola Song
  7. Andante espressivo in E-Flat Major, Op. 30: No. 1
  8. Allegro di molto in B-Flat Minor, Op. 30: No. 2
  9. Andante sostenuto in E Major, Op. 30: No. 3
  10. Agitato e con fuoco in B Minor, Op. 30: No. 4
  11. Andante grazioso in D Major, Op. 30: No. 5
  12. Allegretto in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 30: No. 6, Venetian Gondola Song
  13. Con moto in E-Flat Major, Op. 38: No. 1
  14. Allegro non troppo in C Minor, Op. 38: No. 2
  15. Presto in E Major, Op. 38: No. 3
  16. Andante in A Major, Op. 38: No. 4
  17. Agitato in A Minor, Op. 38: No. 5
  18. Andante con moto in A flat Major, Op. 38: No. 6, Duetto
  19. Andante con moto in A flat Major, Op. 53: No. 1
  20. Allegro non troppo in E-Flat Major, Op. 53: No. 2
  21. Presto agitato in G Minor, Op. 53: No. 3
  22. Adagio in F Major, Op. 53: No. 4
  23. Allegro in A Minor, Op. 53: No. 5, Volkslied
  24. Molto allegro vivace in A Major, Op. 53: No. 6

Disk 2

  1. Andante espressivo in G Major, Op. 62: No. 1
  2. Allegro con fuoco in B-Flat Major, Op. 62: No. 2
  3. Andante maestoso in E Minor, Op. 62: No. 3, Trauermarsch
  4. Allegro con anima in G Major, Op. 62: No. 4
  5. Andante in A Minor, Op. 62: No. 5, Venetian Gondola Song
  6. Andante grazioso, in A Major, Op. 62: No. 6, Frühlingslied
  7. Andante in E-Flat Major, Op. 67: No. 1
  8. Allegro leggiero in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 67: No. 2
  9. Andante tranquillo in B-Flat Major, Op. 67: No. 3
  10. Presto in C Major, Op. 67: No. 4, Spinnerlied: The Bee’s Wedding
  11. Moderato in B Minor, Op. 67: No. 5
  12. Allegretto non troppo in E Major, Op. 67: No. 6
  13. Andante espressivo in F Major, Op. 85: No. 1
  14. Allegro agitato in A Minor, Op. 85: No. 2
  15. Presto in E-Flat Major, Op. 85: No. 3
  16. Andante sostenuto, in D Major, Op. 85: No. 4
  17. Allegretto in A Major, Op. 85: No. 5
  18. Allegretto con moto in B-Flat Major, Op. 85: No. 6
  19. Andante un poco agitato in E Minor, Op. 102: No. 1
  20. Adagio in D Major, Op. 102: No. 2
  21. Presto in C Major, Op. 102: No. 3
  22. Un poco agitato in G Minor, Op. 102: No. 4
  23. Allegro vivace in A Major, Op. 102: No. 5, Kinderstück
  24. Andante in C Major, Op. 102: No. 6

Disk 3

  1. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: Thema, Andante sostenuto
  2. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: I.
  3. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: II. Un poco più animato
  4. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: III. Più animato
  5. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: IV.
  6. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: V. Agitato
  7. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: VI. a tempo
  8. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: VII.
  9. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: VIII. Allegro vivace
  10. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: IX.
  11. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: X. Moderato
  12. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: XI. Cantabile
  13. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: XII. Tempo del Tema
  14. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: XIII. Sempre assai leggiero
  15. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: XIV. Adagio
  16. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: XV. Poco a poco più agitato
  17. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: XVI. Allegro vivace
  18. Variations sérieuses, Op. 54: XVII. Coda: Presto
  19. Trois Fantaisies ou Caprices, Op. 16: I. Andante con moto
  20. Trois Fantaisies ou Caprices, Op. 16: II. Scherzo: Presto
  21. Trois Fantaisies ou Caprices, Op. 16: III. Andante
  22. Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14: Andante – Presto leggiero
  23. Kinderstücke, Op. 72: I. Allegro non troppo
  24. Kinderstücke, Op. 72: II. Andante sostenuto
  25. Kinderstücke, Op. 72: III. Allegretto
  26. Kinderstücke, Op. 72: IV. Andante con moto
  27. Kinderstücke, Op. 72: V. Allegro assai
  28. Kinderstücke, Op. 72: VI. Vivace
  29. Scherzo a Capriccio: Presto scherzando
  30. Capriccio, Op. 5: Prestissimo
  31. Andante cantabile e Presto agitato
  32. Scherzo in B Minor: Prestissimo
  33. Perpetuum mobile, Op. 119: Prestissimo

Disk 4

  1. Variations in E-Flat Op. 82
  2. Sonata in E, Op. 6: I. Allegretto con espressione
  3. Sonata in E, Op. 6: II. Tempo di Menuetto
  4. Sonata in E, Op. 6: III. Recitativo: Adagio e senza tempo – Andante – Allegretto con espressione
  5. Sonata in E, Op. 6: IV. Molto allegro e vivace
  6. Variations in B-Flat, Op. 83
  7. Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, Op. 35: No. 1, Prelude
  8. Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, Op. 35: No. 1, Fugue