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Mendelssohn - Piano Concertos

Composer Felix Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy)
Performer Ronald Brautigam
Die Kölner Akademie
Michael Alexander Willens, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2264 SACD
EAN 7318599922645
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Dec 2018
Total time 74'08


Ronald Brautigam has recorded more than 60 discs for BIS, including the complete solo keyboard music by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven on the fortepiano. But his first releases on the label, in the mid-1990s, were Mendelssohn’s concertante works for piano and orchestra, on modern piano. When he now returns to these scores, it is on a copy of a Pleyel grand piano from 1830 – the year before Mendelssohn composed his Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor. And the orchestra supporting him is the period band Die Kölner Akademie under Michael Alexander Willens, the same team that he has already collaborated with for an acclaimed 11-disc survey of Mozart’s keyboard concertos. The historically informed accompaniments and the clarity of the solo instrument contribute to performances of a great charm and freshness, shedding a new light on these works. Composed between 1831 and 1838, they were all written primarily for Mendelssohn’s own use as a touring concert pianist, but soon entered the repertoire of many other pianists – especially the G minor concerto, which was extremely popular in the composer’s own time.
 
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  Felix Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy)
  Rondo brillant in E flat major, Op.29, MWV O 10
01 Presto 10'44
 
  Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.25, MWV O 7 18'34
02 I. Molto Allegro con fuoco 7'17
03 II. Andante 4'56
04 III. Presto – Molto Allegro e vivace 6'21
 
  Capriccio brillant in B minor, Op.22, MWV O 8
05 Andante – Allegro con fuoco 10'41
 
  Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40, MWV O 11 21'28
06 I. Allegro appassionato 9'07
07 II. Adagio. Molto sostenuto 5'36
08 III. Finale. Presto scherzando 6'45
 
  Serenade and Allegro giojoso, Op.43, MWV O 12 12'35
09 Andante 5'22
10 Allegro giojoso 7'13
 
  Album total 74'08
ComposerMendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
PianoBrautigam, Ronald
OrchestraKölner Akademie, Die
ConductorWillens, Michael Alexander

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