Mendelssohn:Songs without Words, Books I-V / Ronald Brautigam, piano (after an instrument by Pleyel 1830)

> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b - No. 1 in E major, Op. 19b, No. 1, MWV U86
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b - No. 2 in A minor, Op. 19b, No. 2, MWV U80
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b - No. 3 in A major, Op. 19b, No. 3, MWV U89, "Jagerlied"
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b - No. 4 in A major, Op. 19b, No. 4, MWV U73
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b - No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 19b, No. 5, MWV U90
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b - No. 6 in G minor, Op. 19b, No. 6, MWV U78, "Venezianisches Gondellied"
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30 - No. 7 in E flat major, Op. 30, No. 1, MWV U103
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30 - No. 8 in B flat minor, Op. 30, No. 2, MWV U77
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30 - No. 9 in E major, Op. 30, No. 3, MWV U104
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30 - No. 10 in B minor, Op. 30, No. 4, MWV U98
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30 - No. 11 in D major, Op. 30, No. 5, MWV U97
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30 - No. 12 in F sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 6, MWV U110, "Venezianisches Gondellied"
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38 - No. 13 in E flat major, Op. 38, No. 1, MWV U121
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38 - No. 14 in C minor, Op. 38, No. 2, MWV U115
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38 - No. 15 in E major, Op. 38, No. 3, MWV U107
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38 - No. 16 in A major, Op. 38, No. 4, MWV U120
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38 - No. 17 in A minor, Op. 38, No. 5, MWV U137
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38 - No. 18 in A flat major, Op. 38, No. 6, MWV U119, "Duetto"
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 4, Op. 53 - No. 19 in A flat major, Op. 53, No. 1, MWV U143
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 4, Op. 53 - No. 20 in E flat major, Op. 53, No. 2, MWV U109
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 4, Op. 53 - No. 21 in G minor, Op. 53, No. 3, MWV U144
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 4, Op. 53 - No. 22 in F major, Op. 53, No. 4, MWV U114
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 4, Op. 53 - No. 23 in A minor, Op. 53, No. 5, MWV U153, "Volkslied"
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 4, Op. 53 - No. 24 in A major, Op. 53, No. 6, MWV U154
> Lied ohne Worte in E flat major, MWV U68 - Lied ohne Worte in E flat major, MWV U68
> Andante in A major, MWV U76 - Andante in A major
> Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b (early version) - Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 2 in A minor, Op. 19b, No. 2, MWV U80 (early version)
> Lied ohne Worte (Song without Words) in F sharp minor, MWV U124 - Lied ohne Worte (Song without Words) in F sharp minor, MWV U124
> Allegretto in A major, MWV U138 - Allegretto in A major, MWV U138

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 4, Op. 53
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in E flat major (incomplete)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante for piano in A major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song (Lied) for piano in F sharp minor
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Gondollied, for piano in A major ("Barcarole")
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, March 2013
Initially I was not entirely convinced by the modern copy of an 1830 Pleyel...But soon I was relishing the clarity and sheer beauty of the sound and, for the most part, of Ronald Brautigam playing. He is, without any doubt, one of the finest pianists around, and his despatch of Mendelssohn's fastest pieces is thrilling.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
A rare opportunity to hear some of the composer's most beloved works as he might have heard them...There is, of course, much to savour and admire...but I miss the modern grand piano's sustained, singing tone.

MusicWeb International, April 2013
Ronald Brautigam's Mendelssohn is so good it's easy not to notice how good it is. That is, this playing feels so natural, so effortless, so perfectly songlike (cantabile!) that it's tempting to think, "why wouldn't the music sound like this?" ..This Mendelssohn breathes like a living thing...If you don't think a fortepiano can sing, think again. A superb recital.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Österåker Church, Sweden (08/2011).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 4, Op. 53
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in E flat major (incomplete)
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1830-1845

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante for piano in A major
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/13/1830

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

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song (Lied) for piano in F sharp minor
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/16/1836

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Gondollied, for piano in A major ("Barcarole")
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 02/05/1837