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Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2 - Rondo capriccioso in E major; Fantasia 'The last rose of summer'; Fantasies (3) Op.16; Fantasia, Op.28; Lieds in E flat major & A major; Songs without Words (exc) / Howard Shelley, piano

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante and Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Fantasy on "The Last Rose of Summer" for piano in E major, Op. 15
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Fantasies or Caprices (3) for piano, Op. 16
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Fantasia for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 28 "Sonate ecossaise"
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song (Lied) for piano in E flat major (for Fanny Mendelssohn)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante for piano in A major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Howard Shelley, acclaimed as the living master of early Romantic piano music, presents the second installment of his six-volume set of Mendelssohn's complete solo piano music - perhaps the least well-known part of the composer's repertoire. The first volume was praised for Shelley's "immaculate, lightly-pedaled brilliance, unfailing stylistic assurance, warmth and flexibility" (Gramophone). This second volume includes the Rondo capriccioso (a favorite virtuoso concert piece of the nineteenth century), the three-movement Scottish flavored Fantasia and two books of the Songs Without Words.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
Time and again Shelley makes it clear that Mendelssohn has a special place in his affections, and although it is invidious to locate the finer moments in his unfailing expertise, certain performances stand out for their exceptional grace and commitment.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (06/24/2013-06/26/2013).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante and Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (06/24/2013-06/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/13/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Fantasy on "The Last Rose of Summer" for piano in E major, Op. 15
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (06/24/2013-06/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1827

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Fantasies or Caprices (3) for piano, Op. 16
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (06/24/2013-06/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Fantasia for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 28 "Sonate écossaise"
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (06/24/2013-06/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1828-29

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song (Lied) for piano in E flat major (for Fanny Mendelssohn)
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (06/24/2013-06/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/14/1828

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante for piano in A major
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (06/24/2013-06/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/13/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (06/24/2013-06/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (06/24/2013-06/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal