Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Piano Concertos

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1 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor op. 25: Molto Allegro con fuoco 5:19 $2.49 Buy
2 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor op. 25: Andante 3:56 $2.49 Buy
3 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor op. 25: Presto 4:42 $2.49 Buy
4 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in D minor op. 40: Allegro appassionato 6:50 $2.49 Buy
5 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in D minor op. 40: Adagio. Molto sostenuto 4:03 $2.49 Buy
6 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in D minor op. 40: Finale. Presto scherzando 4:49 $2.49 Buy
7 Wiegenlied in E major op. 67, 6 1:38 $2.49 Buy
8 Trauermarsch in E minor op. 62, 3 2:23 $2.49 Buy
9 Andante con moto in E major op. 19b, 1 2:01 $2.49 Buy
10 Volkslied in A minor op. 55, 5 1:52 $2.49 Buy
11 Venetianisches Gondellied in A minor op. 62, 5 1:37 $2.49 Buy
12 Andante in C major op. 102, 6 0:59 $2.49 Buy
13 Venetianisches Gondellied in G minor op. 19b, 6 1:24 $2.49 Buy
14 Venetianisches Gondellied in F sharp minor op. 30, 6 1:59 $2.49 Buy
15 Fruhlingslied in A major op. 62, 6 1:41 $2.49 Buy

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Traveling Man
The compositional imagination thrives on travel: it was during his honeymoon on the Rhine and in the sunny southern climes of Italy that Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy wrote his two piano concertos. Elisabeth Leonskaya and the dazzling Salzburg Camerata under Ilan Volkov offer pure listening pleasure on this live recording. The MDG microphones caught up with the interpreters on a European tour stop in the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Honeymoon Concerto
Mendelssohn was a glowing admirer of the music of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, and his creativity was lent additional inspiration in Italy. Free from his everyday obligations and unattached in almost every sense of the word, he composed his first piano concerto, a work premiered with great success in Munich in 1831. "He [Felix] sits opposite me and trills with his fingers, writes, sings, blows the trumpet and flute, everything at once, and then he again goes back and forth in the room with the music paper, beating the time or playing the bass viol with his arm - all these exertions are required from him by his piano concerto, but it will certainly also be very beautiful." It was thus that his bride Cécile described one moment during their honeymoon.

Venetian Songs
It was only in Venice that Mendelssohn could and did compose his three famous "Venetian Gondola Songs." Unlike the song genre (and the singing of the gondolier), they do entirely without a text. They are little miniatures that he pulled out of his composer's sleeve and adapted to the particular situation. They belong to the genre of "songs without words" released for publication by the composer from 1832 until the end of his life in little collections of six piano pieces. Here they form just the right program encore.

International Company
Elisabeth Leonskaya, "one of the few grandes dames of piano playing" (Piano News), needs no further introduction here. The Salzburg Camerata is a chamber orchestra with a rich tradition and for fifty years has brought together young, highly committed musicians. The orchestra currently including members from twenty-four countries performs here under Ilan Volkov, a conductor who has just turned thirty.