Mendelssohn: Early Works for Piano & Strings

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Mendelssohn: Early Works for Piano & Strings

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30th Sept 2016




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Mendelssohn: Early Works for Piano & Strings


Piano Concerto in A minor (for piano and strings), 1822

Piano Sextet Op. 110

Christoph Hammer (fortepiano)

Musica Raritana, Andrew Kirkman

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Since their revival in the latter portion of the twentieth century, these pieces have been performed a number of times. This particular recording, however, stands apart from the rest due to its impeccable attention to the performance practices of Mendelssohn’s time. + These works are performed on a replica of an 1815 six-octave Streicher grand piano, which is very close to what was actually used by the young child prodigy. These musicians also follow Mendelssohn’s practice of utilizing the keyboard in the concerto tuttis as well as the solo part. The orchestra plays on gut strings with Tourte-style bows. + The Piano Concerto in A minor was written for Mendelssohn’s sister, Fanny in 1822. The Sextet was written two years later, and is the first foreshadowing of the vigorous energy and shimmering textures which would soon mark Mendelssohn’s unique personal style.

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto in A Minor, MWV O 2

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Finale: Allegro ma non troppo

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Sextet in D Major, Op. 110, MWV Q 16

I. Allegro vivace

II. Adagio

III. Menuetto

IV. Allegro vivace

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