Mendelssohn – Lieder ohne Worte (I)

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Mendelssohn – Lieder ohne Worte (I)

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BIS

Catalogue No:

BIS1982

Discs:

1

Release date:

3rd Dec 2012

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7318599919829

Length:

69 minutes

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SACD (download also available)

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Hybrid Multi-channel
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Mendelssohn – Lieder ohne Worte (I)

Books 1-4


Mendelssohn:

Songs without Words, Book 1 (6), Op. 19b

Songs without Words, Book 2 (6), Op. 30

Songs without Words, Book 3 (6), Op. 38

Songs without Words, Book 4 (6), Op. 53

Individual ‘Lieder ohne Worte’: E flat major, Espressivo & Allegro, MWV U 68

Individual ‘Lieder ohne Worte’: A major, Andante, MWV U 76

Individual ‘Lieder ohne Worte’: A minor, Andante, early version of Op. 19b, No. 2

Individual ‘Lieder ohne Worte’: F sharp minor, Allegro molto, MWV U 124

Individual ‘Lieder ohne Worte’: A major [Allegretto], MWV U 138


Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano)

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Ronald Brautigam here performs the first four books of Felix Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words (Lieder ohne Worte).

If claims could be made for a composer to have invented a genre single-handedly, Mendelssohn would be a strong candidate with his ‘Songs Without Words’ - short lyrical pieces for the piano using a song-like structure. They were immediately popular across Europe, and were imitated by several composers, including Robert Schumann.

One of today’s leading fortepiano players, Ronald Brautigam has released complete sets of piano music by Mozart and Haydn, and is currently recording a highly regarded series of the solo piano works by Beethoven.

Felix Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b

No. 1 in E major, Op. 19b, No. 1, MWV U86

No. 2 in A minor, Op. 19b, No. 2, MWV U80

No. 3 in A major, Op. 19b, No. 3, MWV U89, "Jagerlied"

No. 4 in A major, Op. 19b, No. 4, MWV U73

No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 19b, No. 5, MWV U90

No. 6 in G minor, Op. 19b, No. 6, MWV U78, "Venezianisches Gondellied"

Felix Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30

No. 7 in E flat major, Op. 30, No. 1, MWV U103

No. 8 in B flat minor, Op. 30, No. 2, MWV U77

No. 9 in E major, Op. 30, No. 3, MWV U104

No. 10 in B minor, Op. 30, No. 4, MWV U98

No. 11 in D major, Op. 30, No. 5, MWV U97

No. 12 in F sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 6, MWV U110, "Venezianisches Gondellied"

Felix Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38

No. 13 in E flat major, Op. 38, No. 1, MWV U121

No. 14 in C minor, Op. 38, No. 2, MWV U115

No. 15 in E major, Op. 38, No. 3, MWV U107

No. 16 in A major, Op. 38, No. 4, MWV U120

No. 17 in A minor, Op. 38, No. 5, MWV U137

No. 18 in A flat major, Op. 38, No. 6, MWV U119, "Duetto"

Felix Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 4, Op. 53

No. 19 in A flat major, Op. 53, No. 1, MWV U143

No. 20 in E flat major, Op. 53, No. 2, MWV U109

No. 21 in G minor, Op. 53, No. 3, MWV U144

No. 22 in F major, Op. 53, No. 4, MWV U114

No. 23 in A minor, Op. 53, No. 5, MWV U153, "Volkslied"

No. 24 in A major, Op. 53, No. 6, MWV U154

Felix Mendelssohn: Lied ohne Worte in E flat major, MWV U68

Lied ohne Worte in E flat major, MWV U68

Felix Mendelssohn: Andante in A major, MWV U76

Andante in A major

Felix Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b (early version)

Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 2 in A minor, Op. 19b, No. 2, MWV U80 (early version)

Felix Mendelssohn: Lied ohne Worte (Song without Words) in F sharp minor, MWV U124

Lied ohne Worte (Song without Words) in F sharp minor, MWV U124

Felix Mendelssohn: Allegretto in A major, MWV U138

Allegretto in A major, MWV U138

BBC Music Magazine

March 2013

****

“Initially I was not entirely convinced by the modern copy of an 1830 Pleyel...But soon I was relishing the clarity and sheer beauty of the sound and, for the most part, of Ronald Brautigam playing. He is, without any doubt, one of the finest pianists around, and his despatch of Mendelssohn's fastest pieces is thrilling.”

Gramophone Magazine

March 2013

“a rare opportunity to hear some of the composer's most beloved works as he might have heard them...There is, of course, much to savour and admire...but I miss the modern grand piano's sustained, singing tone”

MusicWeb International

April 2013

“Ronald Brautigam’s Mendelssohn is so good it’s easy not to notice how good it is. That is, this playing feels so natural, so effortless, so perfectly songlike (cantabile!) that it’s tempting to think, “why wouldn’t the music sound like this?” ..This Mendelssohn breathes like a living thing...If you don’t think a fortepiano can sing, think again. A superb recital.”

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