Mendelssohn: Lieder Ohne Worte

Mendelssohn: Lieder Ohne Worte
Composer Felix Mendelssohn
Artist Frank van der Laar piano
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 99442
EAN code 5028421994420
Release April 2006

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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 famous Songs without Words. On this recording, these piano 'songs' are played by Dutch pianist Frank van der Laar.

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