Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

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Voyages - Organ transcriptions

Voyages - Organ transcriptions


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV29 'Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir': Sinfonia

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

Falla:

Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo)

Fauré:

Sicilienne from Pelléas et Mélisande

Khachaturian:

Sabre Dance from Gayane

Liszt:

Legende S.175 No. 2, St. Francis of Paola walking on the waves

Mendelssohn:

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Saint-Saëns:

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod


Olivier Latry (organ of the Paris Philharmonie)

Read David's exclusive interview with Olivier Latry about the project here.

The first album to be recorded on the spectacular new organ of the Paris Philharmonie, transcriptions of popular showpieces by Bach, Khachaturian, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Wagner, Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, Fauré, Debussy and Falla, demonstrating both the ‘symphonic’ capacities of the organ and the phenomenal artistry of leading organist Olivier Latry.

“Latry’s characteristic integrity and virtuosic verve illuminate everything he touches – particularly in the lascivious glissando that ends his own arrangement of Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance…when a master organist and instrument collide, what’s not to love?” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 *****

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Murray Perahia plays Mendelssohn

Murray Perahia plays Mendelssohn


Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

Prelude & Fugue for piano in E minor, Op. 35 No. 1

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14


Sony musicforyou - 88875086582

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Mendelssohn: Songs without Words

Mendelssohn: Songs without Words


Mendelssohn:

Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 1 in E major 'Sweet Remembrance'

Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 6 in G minor 'Venetianisches Gondellied'

Song without Words, Op. 30 No. 6 in F sharp minor 'Venezianisches Gondellied No. 2'

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 6 in A flat major 'Duetto'

Song without Words, Op. 53 No. 1 in A flat major

Song without Words, Op. 53 No. 3 in G minor

Song without Words, Op. 62 No. 5 in A minor 'Venetianisches Gondellied No. 3'

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 1 in E flat major

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 2 in F sharp minor

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 3 in B flat major

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 6 in E major 'Lullaby'

Song without Words, Op. 85 No. 4 in D major

Song without Words, Op. 102 No. 1 in E minor

Song without Words, Op. 102 No. 4 in G minor

Song without Words, Op. 102 No. 6 in C major

Variations in E flat major, Op. 82

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

Prelude & Fugue for piano in E minor, Op. 35 No. 1

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54


This programme illustrates four essential qualities of the music of Felix Mendelssohn. Music stripped of all superfluity, including the literary aspect (Songs without Words); a gift for creating magical atmospheres (Rondo capriccioso); unconditional admiration for classical order; and, finally, a genuine veneration for Bach (Prelude and Fugue op.35). The whole radiant universe of Mendelssohn is encapsulated here.

Gramophone Magazine awarded Javier Perianes an Editor's Choice for his disc of de Falla Piano Works [HMC902099] saying: “This is a disc to lift the spirits. Whether the music is sultry, strenuous or sunny, Javier Perianes plays with an infallible ear for style, atmosphere and colour…in the Nights in the Gardens of Spain the BBC Symphony Orchestra joins Perianes for a performance of panache and captivating flair and freshness.”

Javier Perianes next recording, also with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, will include Grieg's Piano Concerto.

“Perianes lavishes all the care and attention on them that such miniatures need, without ever overdoing it and destroying their beguiling directness; his range of colour is perfectly judged...It’s a lovely disc – a constant delight.” The Guardian, 5th November 2014 ****

“[Perianes] plays with fine tone and crystalline sparkle. In fact, the whole recital is stripped of superficiality and performed with a magical atmosphere.” Pianist Magazine, December 2014

“If Javier Perianes was setting out to show the full range of Mendelssohn's genius as a writer for the piano, he has certainly succeeded with this disc...Perianes's singing right hand moulds the melodies with great affection...[he] has not only impeccable technique but the sharpest of ears for textures and for nuances at the lower end of the dynamic range.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 ****

“There's nothing small-scale about his conception of this music and, where need be, climaxes are bold...He can charm without trying to, thanks to a haloed sound well caught by Harmonia Mundi's engineers...There's great clarity to Perianes's fugal textures and handled.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“a player of rare talent, whose particular strengths suit Mendelssohn very well … Perianes releases considerable power…his depth of tone combining with an all too human resonance to make a necessary statement, not just a dazzling one. What a thrilling sound he creates in the final pages, with a superbly resonant bass, although he always adds shading so it doesn’t feel like an onslaught.” International Record Review, January 2015

“[Perianes] is a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch...There is a lovely luminosity to Perianes’s tone throughout this repertoire, together with a poised romantic temperament that chimes in ideally with Mendelssohn’s turn of phrase.” The Telegraph, 10th January 2015 *****

“here is romantic musical poetry, rivalling Chopin’s at times, which Perianes taps into with sensitivity, affection and unaffected artistry, bringing out the picturesque nature of each one … When something niftier and more-agitated is needed, Perianes is quick-witted and agile, never forced or pushy. This is wonderful music, beautifully played … Perianes here makes a wholly positive impression on behalf of himself as a devoted musician and reveals the fullest fraternity with Mendelssohn’s muse.” classicalsource.com, March 2015

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Grieg & Liszt: Piano Sonatas

Grieg & Liszt: Piano Sonatas


Grieg:

Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7

First International Release on CD

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 4 - Nocturne

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Mendelssohn:

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Caprice, Op. 33 No. 1


Alicia de Larrocha’s magisterial, sonorous, even coruscating performance of Liszt’s B minor Sonata is here preceded by altogether more genteel repertoire from the 19th century – pairs of pieces by Grieg and Mendelssohn. A rarity – making its first appearance on CD internationally – is Grieg’s only solo piano sonata was written in eleven days at Rungsted, near Copenhagen, in June 1865 and published a year later. It is rarely performed or recorded today. Likewise, Mendelssohn’s A minor Caprice, dizzyingly despatched by Larrocha, is unfairly neglected The lovely ‘Notturno’, on the other hand, is one of Grieg’s best-known miniatures and likewise, Mendelssohn’s Variations sérieuses one of his best-known solo piano pieces.

“[In the Liszt Sonata] she is illuminating often on matters of weight and touch (for example the rapid arpeggios in the first Agitato bit, also later); the fugue begins with splendid lightness and attack (the piano sound just about ideal here) … The recording is … indispensable listening for devotees of superior pianism” Gramophone Magazine, April 1978

“musicianship and real keyboard bite [in the Mendelssohn] … She plays the popular Grieg Nocturne with much impressionistic colour and sensitivity” Gramophone Magazine, June 1970

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Martin Stadtfeld plays Mendelssohn, Schumann & Bach

Martin Stadtfeld plays Mendelssohn, Schumann & Bach


Bach, J S:

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Wir setzen uns mit tranen nieder

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

Busoni:

Nun komm der heiden Heiland' (after Bach, BWV659)

Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Song without Words, Op. 62 No. 6 in A major 'Spring Song'

Song without Words, Op. 30 No. 6 in F sharp minor 'Venezianisches Gondellied No. 2'

Song without Words, Op. 85 No. 4 in D major

Song without Words No. 49 for Piano in D minor 'Horseman's Song'

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 1 in E flat major

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 2 in C minor

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 6 in A flat major 'Duetto'

Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 1 in E major 'Sweet Remembrance'

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 4 in C major 'Spinning Song' or 'Bee's Wedding'

Song without Words, Op. 53 No. 4 in F major

Schumann:

Erinnerung


Martin Stadtfeld (piano)

Martin Stadtfeld performs Mendelssohn, Schumann & Bach, with the renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, under its founder, Sir Neville Marriner. This is the first Mendelssohn (1809-1847) disc from acclaimed, award winning German pianist Stadtfeld, who caused a stir in 2002, becoming the first German to win the 'International Bach Competition' in Leipzig. There are two CD's, with disc one being a x13 piece body of Mendelssohns work & then a bonus disc two containing x4 pieces of work, covering Schumann & Bach.

“Martin Stadtfeld is a classy pianist who is clearly at home in these delightful Mendelssohn scores with the First Piano Concerto being particularly successful.” MusicWeb International, 11th June 2013

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Albéniz, Chopin & Mendelssohn: Piano Works

Albéniz, Chopin & Mendelssohn: Piano Works


Albéniz:

Evocación (from Iberia, book 1)

El Albaicín (from Iberia, book 3)

Rondeña (from Iberia, book 2)

Triana (from Iberia, book 2)

Chopin:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Mendelssohn:

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54


Matthew Bengtson (piano)

Romeo Records - 7280

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Mendelssohn, Schubert & Brahms: Piano Works

Mendelssohn, Schubert & Brahms: Piano Works


Brahms:

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Mendelssohn:

Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 1 in E major 'Sweet Remembrance'

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 6 in A flat major 'Duetto'

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Schubert:

Klavierstücke (3), D946


David Theodor Schmidt (piano)

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Sonatas, Variations, Impromptus: Olwen Morris

Sonatas, Variations, Impromptus: Olwen Morris


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

Variations (6) for Piano on an Original Theme in F major, Op. 34

Debussy:

L'isle joyeuse

Estampes (3) (Complete)

Fauré:

Impromptu No. 2 in F minor, Op. 31

Nocturne No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 63

Mendelssohn:

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Ravel:

Oiseaux tristes (Miroirs No. 2)

Une barque sur l'océan (Miroirs No. 3)

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899


Olwen Morris (piano)

Olwen Morris’ performances of the Viennese classics are remarkable for their insight and depth, and her playing of French music for sensitivity to sensual sound, also reflecting her long close association with northern France, where her artist husband, David Morris painted.

These recordings were made over three days in Henry Wood Hall, produced by Michael Ponder.

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Quartz - QTZ2127

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Menahem Pressler, Vol. 1: Mendelssohn

Menahem Pressler, Vol. 1: Mendelssohn


Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Hans Swarowsky

Piano Sextet Op. 110

, Daniel Guilet (violin), William Schoen (viola), Nathan Gordon (viola), David Soyer (cello), Philip Sklar (double bass)

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

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14


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Doremi - DHR7889

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Grand Piano Masters: Variations by Mendelssohn, Mozart & Vorraber

Grand Piano Masters: Variations by Mendelssohn, Mozart & Vorraber


Mendelssohn:

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Mozart:

Variations (12) on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman' in C major, K265

Sechs Variationen in F-Dur über die Arie 'Salve tu, Domine' aus der Oper I filosofi immaginarii (Giovanni Paisiello) K398 (416e)

Vorraber:

Poem, Op. 32, No. 2

Get Nine, Op. 32, No. 3


Franz Vorraber is one of the internationally renowned interpreters of Schumann, for example. His enormous expressive force as a musician and his ability to expose the essential core of the music fascinate his public. He leaves his listeners emotionally moved.

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