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

Audio Samples

  1. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 1 in E Major, Op. 19b, No. 1, MWV U86 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 19b, No. 2, MWV U80 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 3 in A Major, Op. 19b, No. 3, MWV U89 "Jagerlied" $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 4 in A Major, Op. 19b, No. 4, MWV U73 $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 19b, No. 5, MWV U90 $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 6 in G Minor, Op. 19b, No. 6, MWV U78 "Venezianisches Gondellied" $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 2, Op. 30: No. 7 in E-Flat Major, Op. 30, No. 1, MWV U103 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 2, Op. 30: No. 8 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 30, No. 2, MWV U77 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 2, Op. 30: No. 9 in E Major, Op. 30, No. 3, MWV U104 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 2, Op. 30: No. 10 in B Minor, Op. 30, No. 4, MWV U98 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 2, Op. 30: No. 11 in D Major, Op. 30, No. 5, MWV U97 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 2, Op. 30: No. 12 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 30, No. 6, MWV U110 "Venezianisches Gondellied" $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 3, Op. 38: No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 38, No. 1, MWV U121 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 3, Op. 38: No. 14 in C Minor, Op. 38, No. 2, MWV U115 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 3, Op. 38: No. 15 in E Major, Op. 38, No. 3, MWV U107 $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 3, Op. 38: No. 16 in A Major, Op. 38, No. 4, MWV U120 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 3, Op. 38: No. 17 in A Minor, Op. 38, No. 5, MWV U137 $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 3, Op. 38: No. 18 in A-Flat Major, Op. 38, No. 6, MWV U119 "Duetto" $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 4, Op. 53: No. 19 in A-Flat Major, Op. 53, No. 1, MWV U143 $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 4, Op. 53: No. 20 in E-Flat Major, Op. 53, No. 2, MWV U109 $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 4, Op. 53: No. 21 in G Minor, Op. 53, No. 3, MWV U144 $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 4, Op. 53: No. 22 in F Major, Op. 53, No. 4, MWV U114 $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 4, Op. 53: No. 23 in A Minor, Op. 53, No. 5, MWV U153 "Volkslied" $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 4, Op. 53: No. 24 in A Major, Op. 53, No. 6, MWV U154 $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Mendelssohn — Lied ohne Worte in E-Flat Major, MWV U68 $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Mendelssohn — Andante in A Major $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 19b, No. 2, MWV U80 (Early Version) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Mendelssohn — Lied ohne Worte in F-Sharp Minor, MWV U124 $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Mendelssohn — Allegretto in A Major, MWV U138 $0.99 on iTunes

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")
Performer Composer

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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Works Details

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

>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