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Mendelssohn: Music for Piano for 2 and 4 hands

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  1. Mendelssohn — Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: I. Praeludium in E Minor: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Mendelssohn — Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: II. Fuge in E Minor: Andante espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Mendelssohn — Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: III. Praeludium in D Major: Andante quasi allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mendelssohn — Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: IV. Fuge in D Major: Tranquillo e sempre legato $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Mendelssohn — Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: V. Praeludium in B Minor: Prestissimo staccato $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Mendelssohn — Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: VI. Fuge in B Minor: Allegro con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Mendelssohn — Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: VII. Praeludium in A-Flat Major: Con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Mendelssohn — Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: VIII. Fuge in A-Flat Major: Con moto, ma sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Mendelssohn — Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: IX. Praeludium in F Minor: Andante lento $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Mendelssohn — Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: X. Fuge F-Moll, Allegro con fuoco $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mendelssohn — Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: XI. Praeludium in B-Flat Major: Maestoso moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mendelssohn — Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: XII. Fuge in B-Flat Major: Allegro con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mendelssohn — Sommernachtstraum (arr. for Piano 4 Hands): Overture
  14. Mendelssohn — Andante con Variazioni, Op. 83a (arr. for Piano 4 Hands)
  15. Mendelssohn — Andante und allegro assai vivace, Op. 92

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Preludes & Fugues (6) for piano, Op. 35
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E major Op. 21
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante & Variations for piano, 4 hands in B flat major, Op. 83a
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Allegro Brillant, for piano, 4 hands in A major, Op. 92
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Notes & Reviews:

Korean pianist Mi-Joo Lee teams up with Klaus Hellwig for a Mendelssohn recording with the Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, a version of op. 83 for piano four hands, and the Andante and Allegro op. 92. The Six Preludes and Fugues op. 35 complete this very special program.

The brother and sister Felix and Fanny had their mother Lea to thank for acquainting them with Bach's music during their earliest childhood and encouraging them to appreciate it. Bach's music motivated Felix to write a great many preludes and fugues, and their perfection caused even Schumann to rave: "They are compositions born of the spirit and executed in poetic style."

The Duet in A major composed by Mendelssohn for Clara Schumann was published from his papers as Op. 92 in 1851. The introduction to the allegro transmitted in the clean copy of the duet and first rediscovered in 1994 is heard here together with the allegro that has been known for quite a longer time - with vibrancy of tone, a touch of triumphant vigor, and virtuosity at its natural best.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ehem. Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/25/2010-01/27/2010).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Preludes & Fugues (6) for piano, Op. 35
  • Performer: Mi-Joo Lee (Piano)
  • Notes: Ehem. Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/25/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E major Op. 21
  • Performers: Klaus Hellwig (Piano); Mi-Joo Lee (Piano)
  • Notes: Ehem. Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/25/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/06/1826

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante & Variations for piano, 4 hands in B flat major, Op. 83a
  • Performers: Klaus Hellwig (Piano); Mi-Joo Lee (Piano)
  • Notes: Ehem. Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/25/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 07/1841

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Allegro Brillant, for piano, 4 hands in A major, Op. 92
  • Performers: Klaus Hellwig (Piano); Mi-Joo Lee (Piano)
  • Notes: Ehem. Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/25/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/23/1841