Mendelssohn: Piano Music

Mendelssohn: Piano Music
Composer Felix Mendelssohn
Artist Wolfram Smitt-Leonardy piano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93975
EAN code 5028421939759
Release November 2009

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About this release

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) was one of the most gifted of all composers. A child prodigy born to a wealthy banking family in Berlin, he matured musically at an incredible rate – and was composing music in his ‘mature’ style by the age of 15 – something not even Mozart achieved. Like Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt, he was a formidable pianist, and his style as a pianist was influenced by composers such as Hummel, Thalberg, Moscheles and Weber.

Mendelssohn his two mature piano concertos ( a third has just been discovered) are brilliant compositions for the instrument and novel in structure, with the 3 movements linked. His music for solo piano contains some remarkable music, especially the Op.54 Variations, his greatest work for solo piano – it is brilliantly conceived and executed, highly virtuosic, harmonically and thematically daring piece. The other works on this release illustrate both the virtuosic and the more reflective facets of Mendelssohn’s writing for piano. The capriccios reflect the popular taste at the time for works with a slow romantic introduction followed by a dashing finale. Op.72 Kinderstücke are very different from Schumann’s Kinderszenen. These are idyllic, gentle pieces, and have a fairy-tale quality to them.

Track list

Disk 1

  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, WoO 3 (Presto scherzando)
  30. Capriccio, Op. 5 (Prestissimo)
  31. Andante cantabile e Presto agitato, WoO 6
  32. Scherzo in B Minor, WoO 2 (Prestissimo)
  33. Perpetuum mobile, Op. 119 (Prestissimo)