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Schumann: Piano Concerto; Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1; The Fair Melusina, overture / Ingrid Fliter, piano; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Antonio Méndez

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Overture for orchestra in F major ("Fair Melusina"), Op. 32
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Ingrid Fliter is set to thrill her fans with a new recording of piano concertos; eagerly awaited since her acclaimed recording of Chopin 1 & 2, which saw Fliter nominated for a Gramophone Award. Fliter performs repertoire that is very close to her heart: concertos by two nineteenth century heavyweights, Schumann and Mendelssohn. Fliter brings the lyrical romanticism of Schumann's iconic Piano Concerto to life whilst perfectly navigating the shifting colors and technical demands of this brilliant showpiece. The sparkling passagework and charming melodies which characterize Mendelssohn's innovative G minor concerto demonstrate Fliter's innate skill and pianistic instinct. Following Fliter's live performance of the Mendelssohn concerto one critic wrote: 'In the beautiful second movement, time stood still.' With both composers giving equal focus to soloist and orchestra, the musicality of the SCO's award-winning musicians shines through as they partner Fliter perfectly. This also marks the recording debut of Antonio Méndez, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting conductors of his generation following engagements with a host of international orchestras. Ingrid Fliter first sprang to international attention when she was awarded the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists to have received this honor. A graceful and charismatic performer, Fliter is well-known for her thoughtful and sensitive music-making and effortless technique. Her enthusiasm on stage is always infectious, and every performance is deeply personal and full of charm and poetry. Ingrid Fliter divides her time between Europe and the USA, where she works with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, SFS Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The SCO is a world-renowned orchestra; its extensive series of Linn recordings feature Robin Ticciati and Sir Charles Mackerras.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2016
There's still room for something fresh to be said with this evergreen music ... in both the Mendelssohn and Schumann, Fliter plays with tautness and energy, fitting hand-in-glove with the smaller chamber-orchestra forces of the SCO and drier recorded sound. Heartfelt and intelligent, this is life-enhancing music, and as a bonus there's The Fair Melusina Overture.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
The Mendelssohn concerto suits Fliter particularly well, and she's alive to the impetuosity of the outer movements, as well as to the work's more poetic elements... [her] command of the drama is second to none... [in the Schumann] the sense of an intimacy of chamber music-making is everywhere apparent... recommendable particularly for the Mendelssohn, and wonderfully warmly recorded.

CD Review, 7th May 2016
What really works for me is the Mendelssohn G minor concerto with Fliter exchanging the prettiness of some performances for a more dynamic interpretation, and glittering fingerwork that attracts some equally sparkling Reponses from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Antonio Mendez... wonderfully lithe, muscular performances.

All Music Guide, 24th April 2016
A beautiful fit with the expressive world of pianist Ingrid Fliter. Several factors combine to make this an unusually satisfying Romantic piano concerto offering, but among them is the high-contrast approach of Fliter herself, really capturing the listener's attention... a standout recording.

Daily Telegraph, 7th May 2016
Fliter is also in her element. Hers is a reading of firm, exhilarating impulse, at the same time taking its cue from the lyrical heart of the music and glowing with the limpid touch, golden timbre and subtle nuances that are hallmarks of her playing... . [on Mendelssohn] Fliter has the measure of the work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: RSNO Center, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK (12/03/2015-12/06/2015).



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>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
  • Performer: Ingrid Fliter (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Mendez
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: RSNO Center, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK (12/03/2015-12/06/2015)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1841

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Overture for orchestra in F major ("Fair Melusina"), Op. 32
  • Performer: Ingrid Fliter (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Mendez
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: RSNO Center, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK (12/03/2015-12/06/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 11/14/1833

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Performer: Ingrid Fliter (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Mendez
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: RSNO Center, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK (12/03/2015-12/06/2015)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 10/1831