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Mendelssohn: Complete Concertos / Markiz, Van Keulen, Brautigam


Release Date: 02/26/2008 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1766   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Isabelle van KeulenRonald BrautigamRoland PöntinenLove Derwinger
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Ultra Extended Playing Time: more than 4 hours of music on 1 SACD.
This is a Super Audio CD playable ONLY on Super Audio CD players. This is not a hybrid and will not play on a standard CD player!


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MENDELSSOHN Violin Concertos: in e (original version); 1 in d. 1 Concerto in d for Violin, Piano, and Strings. 1, 2 Read more class="ARIAL12b"> Capriccio brillant. 2 Rondo brillant. 2 Serenade and Allegro giocoso. 2 Piano Concertos: in a; No. 1 in g; No. 2 in d. 2 Concertos for Two Pianos: in E; in A? 3 Lev Markiz, cond; Isabelle van Keulen (vn); 1 Ronald Brautigam (vn); 2 Roland Pöntinen (vn); 3 Love Derwinger (pn); 3 Amsterdam Sinfonietta BIS 1766 (2-channel SACD: 255:55)


Here’s the third incarnation of a series recorded in the mid 1990s. First, it came out on four separate CDs, then in a four-for-the-price-of-three box, and now on a single SACD. This is not a surround-sound version, but BIS takes advantage of the SACD’s great storage capacity to place four-and-one-quarter hours of music onto a single platter. Note that although it’s a conventional two-channel production, this disc is compatible only with SACD players.


If you invest in this very satisfactory set, you’ll still need someone else’s recording(s) of the standard version of Mendelssohn’s popular E-Minor Violin Concerto. What we have here is the original, pre-Ferdinand David version. Aside from a bit of inferior passagework, this is not a weak work that was vastly improved by David’s expert advice; this initial version is merely different, not worse. It’s less of a violin showpiece; David advocated moving passages up an octave, adding lots of extra double-stops, expanding the first-movement cadenza, and so on, to produce a more brilliant effect. In the original version, Mendelssohn tends to employ sighing or dying phrases where later he would heighten the drama with rising sequences. The version we know is largely heroic assertion, whereas the early version is more of a romantic struggle whose outcome is never assured, even if the stakes don’t seem as high as in, for example, the Sibelius Concerto.


Five of the other concertante works are products of Mendelssohn’s teen years: the D-Minor Violin Concerto, the A-Minor Piano Concerto, the Violin and Piano Concerto, and the two-piano concertos date from 1822–24, and inhabit the sound world of Mendelssohn’s early string symphonies (except for the two-piano works, the soloists are accompanied by string orchestra), although the Violin/Piano Concerto often comes off more as a chamber duo with string-orchestra commentary. The remaining works for single piano and orchestra are more mature products of the 1830s.


The soloists tend to play with the requisite nimbleness and spirit, although the two-piano works would benefit from greater verve, not just the precision offered here. Pianist Ronald Brautigam’s contributions are especially sparkling and impetuous, and Lev Markiz leads the Amsterdam Sinfonietta in fully complementary accompaniments (although the Piano Concerto No. 1 could use a slightly larger orchestra to convey the music’s storm and stress more fully).


These performances don’t necessarily outclass certain old favorites—Rudolf Serkin and Murray Perahia in the numbered single-piano concertos, Argerich and Kremer in the piano/violin work—but they serve the scores well, and present attractive music in a space- and money-saving little package.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
2.
Concerto for Violin in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Germany 
3.
Concerto for Piano and Violin in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin), Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Germany 
4.
Capriccio brillant for Piano and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 22 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-26; Germany 
5.
Rondo brillant for Piano and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 29 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Germany 
6.
Concerto for Piano in A minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Germany 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Germany 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 40 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
9.
Concerto for 2 Pianos in E major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano), Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Germany 
10.
Concerto for 2 Pianos in A flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano), Love Derwinger (Piano)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 

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