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Mendelssohn - Piano Music / Bertrand Chamayou

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Prelude for piano in B minor, Op. 104a/2
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante and Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14
>Mendelssohn, Felix : On Wings of Song
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Etudes (3) for piano, Op. 104b
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano no 14 in C minor, Op. 38/2
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Scherzo for piano in E minor ("Capriccio," "Fantasy"), Op. 16/2
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Variations Serieuses (17) for Piano in D minor, Op. 54
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano no 47 in A major ("Kinderstuck"), Op. 102/5
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Caprice for piano in E major, Op. 33/2
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Caprice for piano in B flat minor, Op. 33/3
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Suleika ("Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/4
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song without words, Op. 67/2 (Allegro leggiero)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
There was a time in the 19th century when Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words were regularly regarded as the third great collection of piano music after Beethoven's 32 sonatas and Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues. While Chopin's piano music is still dominant, Mendelssohn's star as a pianist-composer has faded. It is a splendid idea of the young Toulouse-born French pianist Bertrand Chamayou to choose five of the most striking Songs Without Words and make them a centrepiece for what he describes as a 'Liederabend without words'.

The Songs Without Words are among the least difficult of the pieces here technically, but the other pieces are much more demanding, not just the two bigger pieces, the Variations sTrieuses and the Rondo capriccioso, but such pieces as the ThreeStudies. It says much for Chamayou's virtuosity and artistry that he makes the results so magnetic.

He opens with a brief and powerful Prelude in B minor, leading to a sparkling account of the Rondo capriccioso bringing out echoes of the Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream, which right at the end of the recital comes as a tailpiece in Rachmaninov's arrangement. The articulation in the Three Studies is phenomenally clear and light, as it is too in Chamayou's dazzling account of the Caprices. There are similar qualities in the longest and most ambitious of the pieces, the Variations sTrieuses. Along with the Songs Without Words it is good too to have Liszt's surprisingly unshowy arrangements of Mendelssohn's most famous Lied, 'On Wings of Song'. Clean, clear sound to match the playing.

Gramophone Magazine
The Songs Without Words are among the least difficult of the pieces here technically, but the other pieces are much more demandingà It says much for Chamayou's virtuosity and artistry that he makes the results so magnetic.



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Prelude for piano in B minor, Op. 104a/2
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/12/1836

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante and Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/13/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : On Wings of Song
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 10/01/1835

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Etudes (3) for piano, Op. 104b
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 04/??/1834-06/09/1838.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano no 14 in C minor, Op. 38/2
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 03/29/1836

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Scherzo for piano in E minor ("Capriccio," "Fantasy"), Op. 16/2
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/13/1829

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12/11/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Variations Sérieuses (17) for Piano in D minor, Op. 54
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/04/1841

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano no 47 in A major ("Kinderstück"), Op. 102/5
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12/12/1845

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Caprice for piano in E major, Op. 33/2
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/12/1835

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Caprice for piano in B flat minor, Op. 33/3
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/25/1833

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Suleika ("Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/4
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa ??/??/1832-01/23/1837.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song without words, Op. 67/2 (Allegro leggiero)
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 04/05/1839

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 01/05/1844

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: Scherzo in G minor
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843