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Young pianist Jan Lisiecki explores a pair of early Romantic masterpieces with the acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Mendelssohn s Piano Concertos in G minor and D minor. Wishing to give listeners further insight into Mendelssohn s dazzling keyboard writing beyond the well-known concertos, Lisiecki also performs a selection of some of Mendelssohn s most brilliant pieces for solo piano: the Variations sérieuses, the Rondo capriccioso, and the Venetian Boat Song from Songs Without Words.
Lisiecki sparkles and shines. The chamber-like sonorities and intricate interplay – surely the result of this being a
conductor-less ensemble – are an endless delight. The small forces also ensure that there’s an airborne quality in the fast movements. The solo pieces generally work very well too. the ‘Venetian Gondola Song’ from the Songs Without Words is beautiful indeed, concluding a delightful disc.
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