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Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Symphony No. 5 "Reformation"

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation"
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Notes & Reviews:

Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has been praised for the fresh perspective and individuality he brings to a broad spectrum of the keyboard repertoire. He has made more than 30 recordings, ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky. Here he performs as both pianist and conductor for the first time.



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Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Symphony No. 5 "Reformation"
This ATMA disc contains Mendelssohn's two Piano Concertos and his Fifth Symphony. The piano playing is highly competent and the Symphony is well performed. My own recording of the two concertos is by Serkin and the Philadelphia Orchestra (AAD) and this new one, with Louis Lortie, manages to be faster than the Serkin. The symphony is also considerably faster than my recording by the London Symphony Orchestra. In the case of the Symphony, I like it just as well. I have a personal view on how Mendelssohn's piano music is played by most artists - too fast. I love the intricate passage work in the piano parts (e.g. in the D minor trio). Most recordings (e.g. Heifetz; Beaux Arts Trio; Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson) take it so fast that the piano part is sometimes a blur. In this recording by the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, I felt that the piano part was well articulated, but I still have a slight preference for the Serkin version. The brisker tempos in the Symphony do not detract from the performance in any way. Overall, this is a fine recording and I would recommend it for anyone who does not have a recording of the works.
Submitted on 10/19/09 by Ted Wilks 
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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Louis Lortie
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Symphonique de Québec
  • Notes: Salle Raoul-Jobin du Palais Montcalm, Québec, Canada (04/27/2009-04/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 10/1831

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Louis Lortie
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Symphonique de Québec
  • Notes: Salle Raoul-Jobin du Palais Montcalm, Québec, Canada (04/27/2009-04/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 09/03/1837

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation"
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Louis Lortie
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Symphonique de Québec
  • Notes: Salle Raoul-Jobin du Palais Montcalm, Québec, Canada (04/27/2009-04/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 05/12/1830