About the album
The art of Mendelssohn, the Mozart of the 19th century according to Schumann’s perspicacious yet deceptive expression, stubbornly eludes categorisation. Its lightness, transparency and elegance combine classicism and romanticism; together with the previous elements, its fervour, drama and exaltation define a remarkably rich, multi-faceted body of work.
The two piano concertos Mendelssohn composed when he reached his artistic maturity (at the age of 16, with the impressive String Octet op. 20) are less frequently played nowadays than those of Chopin, even if they are, in many respects, probably superior
11Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 I. Molto allegro con fuoco
12Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 II. Andante
13Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 III. Presto
14Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40 I. Allegro appassionato
15Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40 II. Adagio - Molto sostenuto
16Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40 III. Finale. Presto scherzando
17Lieder ohne Worte, Book 6, Op. 67 No. 32 in F-Sharp Minor, MWV U145
18Lieder ohne Worte, Book 2, Op. 30 No. 11 in D Major, MWV U97
19Lieder ohne Worte, Book 6, Op. 67 No. 33 in B-Flat Major, MWV U102
110Lieder ohne Worte, Book 6, Op. 67 No. 34 in C Major, MWV U182, 'Spinnerlied'
111Lieder ohne Worte, Book 3, Op. 38 No. 18 in A-Flat Major, MWV U119, 'Duetto'
112Variations sérieuses in D Minor, Op. 54, MWV U156 Variations sérieuses in D Minor, Op. 54