Mendelssohn: Piano Music Vol. 2

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Mendelssohn: Piano Music Vol. 2

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8550940
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Mendelssohn: Piano Music Vol. 2


Mendelssohn:

3 Preludes, Op. 104a

3 Etudes, Op. 104b

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Kinderstücke (6), Op. 72 'Christmas Pieces'

Gondellied (Barcarolle) in A

Scherzo in B minor

Piano Sonata in E major, Op. 6


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Felix Mendelssohn: 3 Preludes, Op. 104a

Prelude in B flat major

Prelude in B minor

Prelude in D major

Felix Mendelssohn: 3 Etudes, Op. 104b

Etude in B flat minor

Etude in F major

Etude in A minor

Felix Mendelssohn: Variations serieuses in D minor, Op. 54

Variations serieuses in D minor, Op. 54

Felix Mendelssohn: 6 Kinderstucke, Op. 72, "Christmas Pieces"

Allegro non troppo

Andante sostenuto

Allegretto

Andante con moto

Allegro assai

Vivace

Felix Mendelssohn: Gondellied (Barcarole) in A major

Gondellied in A major

Felix Mendelssohn: Scherzo in B minor

Scherzo in B minor

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Sonata in E major, Op. 6

Allegretto con espressione

Tempo di Menuetto

Recitativo: Adagio e senza tempo

Molto allegro e vivace

BBC Music Magazine

“Frith is a powerful player...This is music of substance and Frith gives it its due.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“The multiplicity of notes in Mendelssohn's piano music sometimes lays him open to the charge of 'note-spinning'. So what higher praise for Benjamin Frith than to say that thanks to his fluency, not a single work outstays its welcome here. The unchallengeable masterpiece is the Variations sérieuses, so enthusiastically taken up by Clara Schumann, and still a repertory work today. Frith characterises each variation with telling contrasts of tempo and touch without sacrificing the continuity and unity of the whole.
Equally importantly, he never lets us forget the sérieuses of the title.
No less impressive is his sensitively varied palette in the early E-major Sonata (unmistakable homage to Beethoven's Op-101) so often helped by subtle pedalling. But surely the recitative of the Adagio at times needs just a little more intensity and underlying urgency. Of the miniatures the six Kinderstücke ('Christmas Pieces' – written for the children of a friend) emerge with an unforced charm. As music they lack the romance of Schumann's ventures into a child's world, just as the Three Studies do of Chopin's magical revelations in this sphere. However, Frith's fingers never let him down. In the first B-flat Study he even seems to acquire a third hand to sustain its middle melody.
For sheer seductive grace, the independent Gondellied haunts the memory most of all.
With pleasantly natural sound, too, this disc is quite a bargain.”

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