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Mendelssohn: Complete Solo Piano Music Vol. 1 / Howard Shelley, piano

Audio Samples

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Capriccio for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 5
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for Piano no 1 in E major, Op. 6
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Characteristic Pieces (7) for piano, Op. 7
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Capriccio for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 5
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for Piano no 1 in E major, Op. 6
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Characteristic Pieces (7) for piano, Op. 7
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b
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Notes & Reviews:

Howard Shelley is an acknowledged expert in the area of early Romantic piano music. With this disc, Shelley presents the first installment of a sixvolume set of Mendelssohn's complete solo piano music - perhaps the least well-known part of the composer's repertoire. Mendelssohn composed or began nearly two hundred works for piano. However, only about seventy were published during his lifetime. They range from the Op.5 Capriccio, written in 1825, to the sixth volume of the Lieder ohne Worte Op.67, written in 1845. Some twenty-five additional pieces have been published posthumously. The remainder, whether fully drafted or fragmentary, were left to his musical estate or have disappeared. This first volume in Shelley's series includes Opp. 5, 6, and 7 and the first volume of his Lieder ohne Worte.

Gramophone
Where others sound strenuous and hard-pressed Shelley is fluent and urbane, a true keyboard aristocrat free to concentrate on the elusive poetry that lies at the heart of so much fiery pianistic intricacy.

Financial Times, 30th March 2013
A reassessment of what has hitherto been one of the most undervalued areas of the composer's output.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
Technically, this is a tremendous disc. All the evidence tells us that Mendelssohn was something of a speed merchant and when...he asks for Presto, Shelley takes him at his word, with a fleetness and control that command admiration, not to mention envy...I particularly like the sparsity of his pedalling, leaving the composer's lines to do their own work.

The Observer, 24th February 2013
It's good to see Howard Shelley embarking on a six-volume reappraisal of these works, so often seen as lacking the depth of Chopin and the fire of Liszt. Fans of fireworks won't be disappointed though...With playing of this quality this is going to be a series to treasure.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Shelley does his best to make them interesting, and it is certainly understood that in a comprehensive survey such as this. The notes are very good and the sound a model of excellence.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Michael's Church, Highgate, London (03/26/2012-03/27/2012).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Capriccio for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 5
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Michael's Church, Highgate, London (03/26/2012-03/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/23/1825

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for Piano no 1 in E major, Op. 6
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Michael's Church, Highgate, London (03/26/2012-03/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/22/1826

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Characteristic Pieces (7) for piano, Op. 7
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Michael's Church, Highgate, London (03/26/2012-03/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Michael's Church, Highgate, London (03/26/2012-03/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal