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Mendelssohn: Complete Concertos

Mendelssohn-bartholdy / Van Keulen / Markiz
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
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 4 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If the String Symphonies, collected on the accompanying release SACD1738, are the works by the young Mendelssohn on his way to becoming a fully-fledged composer, the concertos give a more all-round picture of the composer. Beginning in 1822, when he composed the Concerto in D minor for Violin and the Concerto in A minor for Piano, Mendelssohn kept returning to the concertante format throughout his life, until the great E minor Violin Concerto, written three years before his death, in 1844. Between these works can be found the two rarely heard Concertos for Two Pianos - youthful, but surprisingly mature works - as well as his two piano concertos Opp 25 and 40, and three concert pieces for piano and orchestra. Soloist in these is Ronald Read more Brautigam, who will be well-known for his acclaimed surveys of the solo piano music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Isabelle van Keulen takes on the works involving solo violin, and was at the time of the original release described as a 'winning soloist with a soft tone like the finest-spun silk - plus strength to match, when required' (Gramophone). Swedish pianists Roland Pöntinen and Love Derwinger partner each other in the concertos for two pianos, virtuosic works first performed by Felix and his sister Fanny. The accompaniments throughout are provided by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, under Lev Markiz, and were characterized as 'both polished and warmly supportive' (Gramophone). Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Length: 25 Minutes 1 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Violin in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin), Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherland 
Length: 33 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3. Capriccio brillant for Piano and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 22 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin), Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-26; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherland 
Length: 10 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4. Rondo brillant for Piano and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 29 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin), Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherland 
Length: 9 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5. Serenade and Allegro giocoso for Piano and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 43 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano), Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherland 
Length: 11 Minutes 49 Secs. 
6. Concerto for Piano in A minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano), Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherland 
Length: 31 Minutes 30 Secs. 
7. Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano), Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherland 
Length: 18 Minutes 1 Secs. 
8. Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 40 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano), Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherland 
Length: 19 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9. Concerto for 2 Pianos in E major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano), Love Derwinger (Piano), Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1994 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherland 
Length: 30 Minutes 34 Secs. 
10. Concerto for 2 Pianos in A flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano), Isabelle van Keulen (Violin), Love Derwinger (Piano)
Conductor:  Lev Markiz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1994 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherland 
Length: 41 Minutes 3 Secs. 

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