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The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2
Felix Mendelssohn
Howard Shelley

The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2

CD | Hyperion | 0034571280592 | CDA 68059 | 07-14

About the album

Howard Shelley is acclaimed as the living master of early Romantic piano music. So much of this music was ignored throughout the twentieth century that there is still a sense of discovery at each new recording. Shelley here presents the second instalment of a six-volume set of Mendelssohn’s complete solo piano music—perhaps the least well-known part of the composer’s repertoire. The first volume was praised for Shelley’s ‘immaculate, lightly-pedalled brilliance, unfailing stylistic assurance, warmth and flexibility’ (Gramophone).
This second volume includes the Rondo capriccioso, a favourite virtuoso concert piece of the nineteenth century; the three-movement Fantasia in F sharp minor, which was originally described as a ‘Sonate écossaise’, with its characteristic Scottish folk-song elements in the first movement, and two books of the Songs without Words.

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Tracklisting
    • 1
      Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14
       
      06:35
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 2
      Fantasia on The Last Rose of Summer in E Major, Op. 15
       
      07:41
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 3
      Trois fantaisies ou caprices, Op. 16:
      No. 1 in A Minor: Andante con moto – Allegro vivace
       
      04:28
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 4
      Trois fantaisies ou caprices, Op. 16:
      No. 2 in E Minor: Scherzo: Presto
       
      02:31
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 5
      Trois fantaisies ou caprices, Op. 16:
      No. 3 in E Major: Andante
       
      03:56
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 6
      Fantasia in F-Sharp Minor,
      [Listen to extract] Con moto agitato – Andante
       
      05:12
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 7
      Fantasia in F-Sharp Minor,
      Allegro con moto
       
      02:07
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 8
      Fantasia in F-Sharp Minor,
      Presto
       
      06:08
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 9
      Lied in E-Flat Major
       
      01:54
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 10
      Lied in A Major
       
      01:21
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 11
      Lieder ohne Worte II, Op. 30:
      No. 1 in E-Flat Major: Andante espressivo
       
      04:21
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 12
      Lieder ohne Worte II, Op. 30:
      No. 2 in B-Flat Minor: Allegro di molto
       
      02:10
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 13
      Lieder ohne Worte II, Op. 30:
      No. 3 in E Major: Adagio non troppo
       
      02:23
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 14
      Lieder ohne Worte II, Op. 30:
      No. 4 in B Minor: Agitato e con fuoco
       
      02:44
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 15
      Lieder ohne Worte II, Op. 30:
      No. 5 in D Major: Andante grazioso
       
      02:21
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 16
      Lieder ohne Worte II, Op. 30:
      No. 6 in F-Sharp Minor,
       
      02:59
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 17
      Lieder ohne Worte III, Op. 38:
      No. 1 in E-Flat Major: Con moto
       
      02:28
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 18
      Lieder ohne Worte III, Op. 38:
      No. 2 in C Minor: Allegro non troppo
       
      02:38
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 19
      Lieder ohne Worte III, Op. 38:
      No. 3 in E Major: Presto e molto vivace
       
      01:56
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 20
      Lieder ohne Worte III, Op. 38:
      No. 4 in A Major: Andante
       
      02:25
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 21
      Lieder ohne Worte III, Op. 38:
      No. 5 in A Minor: Agitato
       
      02:14
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    • 22
      Lieder ohne Worte III, Op. 38:
      No. 6 in A-Flat Major,
       
      03:06
      Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
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