034571169699

Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos

Stephen Hough; Lawrence Foster: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA66969

Release Date:  01 August 1997

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571169699

Genres:  Classical  Orchestral  

  • Description

    This disc brings together, for the first time to our knowledge, all of Mendelssohn's published works for piano and orchestra. Mendelssohn was regarded as one of the foremost pianists of his day, Clara Schumann describing him as 'the dearest pianist of all'. While his works for the instrument are by no means as numerous as those of, say, Liszt or Chopin, they are models of the nineteenth-century genre and filled with melodious charm. The First Concerto is actually the earliest work on this disc, despite its opus number, and is the work that Liszt sight-read from a scribbled score to an astonished Mendelssohn when the two composers met in Paris. The Second Concerto saw its premiere— appropriately enough given the orchestra performing on this disc—in Birmingham during the festival of 1837. The remaining three works find Mendelssohn in light-hearted mood, showing off his knack for melody and unaffected charm to the full.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Capriccio Brillant In B Minor, Op. 22
      • 2. Piano Concerto No 1 In G Minor Op. 25: I. Molto Allegro con fuoco
      • 3. Piano Concerto No 1 In G Minor Op. 25: II. Andante
      • 4. Piano Concerto No 1 In G Minor Op. 25: III. Presto -- Molto Allegro e vivace
      • 5. Rondo Brillant In E Flat Major Op. 29
      • 6. Piano Concerto No 2 In D Minor Op. 40: I. Allegro appassionato
      • 7. Piano Concerto No 2 In D Minor Op. 40: II. Adagio: Molto sostenuto
      • 8. Piano Concerto No 2 In D Minor Op. 40: Finale: Presto scherzando
      • 9. Serenade And Allegro Giocoso In B Minor Op 43