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All Helmchen’s recordings for the PentaTone label have been award winners. The romantic and virtuoso piano concertos by Mendelssohn never became as popular as his violin concertos but are of just as high a calibre. Helmchen regularly works with Philippe Herreweghe and this collaboration has resulted in a very special album. There is no other recording of these works currently available on SACD.
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
I. Molto allegro con fuoco
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Adagio - Molto sostenuto
III. Finale: Presto scherzando
Felix Mendelssohn: Rondo brillant in E flat major, Op. 29
Rondo brillant in E flat major, Op. 29
“The outer movements of the concertos fizz and sparkle as they should yet Helmchen finds time to sculpt phrase-endings without any loss of momentum, heightening the drama in the process. The piano is centre stage in the sound picture - and how Helmchen can make it sing!...his burnished, singing tone bring[s] an unusual depth to this life-enhancing music.”
“the Rondo brillant was never meant to be anything more than what it says...and Martin Helmchen has just the youthful energy and dazzling technique to make the most of it. Everything is kept light and good-humoured, and this is really also the right manner for the concertos”
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