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

Audio Samples

>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")

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