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Mendelssohn – Piano Concertos

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2264 SACD
Release date2018-12-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time74:08

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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Extra material for download
  Composer: Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
  Rondo brillant in E flat major, Op.29, MWV O 10
01 Presto 10:32 $ 2.58 USD
  Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.25, MWV O 7 18:22
02 I. Molto Allegro con fuoco 07:16 $ 1.75 USD
03 II. Andante 04:56 $ 1.18 USD
04 III. Presto – Molto Allegro e vivace 06:10 $ 1.52 USD
  Capriccio brillant in B minor, Op.22, MWV O 8
05 Andante – Allegro con fuoco 10:31 $ 2.56 USD
  Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40, MWV O 11 21:15
06 I. Allegro appassionato 09:05 $ 2.19 USD
07 II. Adagio. Molto sostenuto 05:36 $ 1.34 USD
08 III. Finale. Presto scherzando 06:34 $ 1.62 USD
  Serenade and Allegro giojoso, Op.43, MWV O 12 12:03
09 Andante 05:20 $ 1.29 USD
10 Allegro giojoso 06:43 $ 1.73 USD
  Album total 74:08
ComposerMendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
PianoBrautigam, Ronald
OrchestraKölner Akademie, Die
ConductorWillens, Michael Alexander

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