Notes and Editorial Reviews
The Sonata dates from the same year as A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, so not too much should be made of its composer's youthfulness, or of the allusions to Beethoven's Sonata, Op. 101 and echoes, in the finale, of Weber. As Schumann wrote in 1835, these show not weak dependence on the 17-year-old composer's part but spiritual affinities. Lydia Artymiw gives a marvellously fluent performance of this impressive work, informed with much intelligence and musical perception, that receives a lifelike recording, the CD having just a shade more immediacy than the excellent LP. Actually, the Introduction and Rondo capriccioso date from two years earlier yet are fully characteristic of Mendelssohn and relate to Op. 16 No. 2, a gossamer scherzo
from fairyland. These pieces again are beautifully turned, showing a fine sense of balance and proportion. The outstanding Op. 28 Fantasia, also, is fiery, immaculate, and highly enjoyable.
-- Gramophone ]1/1985]
Works on This Recording
Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 6, MWV U54: I. Allegretto con espressione
Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 6, MWV U54: II. Tempo di Menuetto
Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 6, MWV U54: III. Recitativo: Adagio e senza tempo - IV. Molto allegro e vivace
Fantasia in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28, MWV U92, "Sonate Eccossaise"
3 Fantaisies ou caprices, Op. 16: No. 1. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace, MWV U70
3 Fantaisies ou caprices, Op. 16: No. 2. Scherzo in E Minor, MWV U71
3 Fantaisies ou caprices, Op. 16: No. 3. Andante, MWV U72
Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14, MWV U67: Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14
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