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Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Audio Samples

>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 : Rondo brillant, for piano & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 29

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 : Rondo brillant, for piano & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 29
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Notes & Reviews:

International Record Review
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.

Gramophone Magazine
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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium (02/2010).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Running Time: 20 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 10/1831

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Running Time: 22 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 09/03/1837

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Rondo brillant, for piano & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 29
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/29/1834